Expand Educa⁠t⁠⁠i⁠on Freedom Accoun⁠t⁠ el⁠i⁠g⁠i⁠b⁠i⁠l⁠i⁠⁠t⁠y ⁠i⁠n New Hampsh⁠i⁠re

April 10, 2024

April 10, 2024

The New Hampshire Legislature has an opportunity to give more children an opportunity to access a best-fit education. 

HB 1665 would expand eligibility for the state’s Education Freedom Account (EFA) program to 500%, ensuring more than 60% of New Hampshire kids can use the program. 

Currently, fewer than half of students in New Hampshire are eligible for the EFA program, which is limited only to students from families that earn no more than 350% of the federal poverty level. That comes to $109,200 for a family of four—less than the average annual household income of a firefighter married to a registered nurse. 

New Hampshire’s EFA program ranks first in the country in administration and popularity, but it ranks just 42nd in eligibility nationwide. 

States throughout the nation have been expanding educational opportunities. In the past three years, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah, and West Virginia have either implemented new universal education choice policies or expanded existing policies to encompass all K-12 students. It’s time for New Hampshire to follow suit. 

Take a step toward making New Hampshire the next state to fund every kid. Support HB 1665 and expand Education Freedom Account eligibility to 500% of the federal poverty level. 

What They’re Saying

“Families are singing the praises of Concord for finally passing Education Freedom Accounts, which are now ranked as the most effective and popular school choice program in America – and why passing HB 1665 to expand this program is a great opportunity for NH families. Let’s get it done!” 
-Gov. Chris Sununu, State of State, Feb. 13, 2024 

“Education Freedom Accounts provide families with the flexibility to thrive while using customized learning, tutoring services, career schools, technical schools, and non-public schools to enhance and personalize academic experiences. It is apparent that New Hampshire families are taking advantage of this tremendous opportunity that provides them with different options and significant flexibility for learning.” 
-Frank Edelblut, Education Commissioner