How the Income-Based Scholarship Works 


COULD YOUR CHILD BE NEXT? Click here to sign up for the 2015-16 school year interest list. 

In 2001, the Florida Legislature created the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship (income-based scholarship) to assure that low-income children have learning options. Under the law, the scholarships are based on financial need, not how well your child does in school. 

Students learn in different ways and parents need to find the best school for each child. Sometimes that means another public school in a different neighborhood or sometimes that means a private school. Step Up For Students exists to help low-income families enjoy all of those options.

With the income-based scholarship, families can choose between two options:

  • A scholarship to help cover private school tuition and fees, worth up to $5,272.

  • A  scholarship to assist with transportation costs to attend a public school in a different county, worth up to $500.

(Scholarship amounts for the 2014-15 school year are noted. The private school scholarship amount may increase for the 2015-16 school year.)

If a child is entering kindergarten through 12th grade and meets one of the following, he/she may qualify for a scholarship:


Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and can be transferred to other eligible schools if the student moves within the state, or simply wants to attend a different Step Up partner school.  

For eligibility information for children who are in foster care, in out-of-home care or who are homeless, please click here.

Application News:

RENEWAL FAMILIES: You may now apply for the 2015-16 school year.

If your child received an income-based Step Up scholarship for the current 2014-15 school year, click here to apply for the 2015-16 school year. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis (giving priority to renewal families) and the deadline to complete the online application AND submit all required documentation is April 30, 2015, so please apply early.

NEW FAMILIES will be able to apply in spring 2015.  Please continue to visit our site for more details. We also encourage you to sign up for our income-based interest list by clicking here, so you may receive notifications regarding the application season.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2014-15 school year for the income-based scholarship.