How the Income-Based Scholarship Works 

SINCE 2002, NEARLY 399,000 SCHOLARSHIPS HAVE BEEN PROVIDED TO LOW-INCOME FLORIDA STUDENTS IN GRADES K-12.

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:



Income qualifications:

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:

We are no longer accepting applications and are currently on a waiting list for the 2014-15 school year. 

If you are interested in the income-based scholarship for the 2015-16 school year, please click here to sign up for the interest list.