How the Income-Based Scholarship Works

2019-20 School Year:
Renewal families for the income-based FTC Scholarship may apply now for a scholarship for the 2019-20 school year by clicking here. (Note: Renewal families will have processing priority until Jan. 31, 2019. If a renewal family applies on or after Feb. 1, 2019, they will lose their priority status over new applications.)

New families interested in applying for the income-based scholarship for the 2019-20 school year may click here to sign up for the interest list.

2018-19 School Year:
More than 680,000 scholarships have been provided to low-income Florida students in grades K-12 since 2002. Could your child be next?

  • Due to overwhelming demand for Step Up’s Florida Tax Credit Scholarships, we have reached the maximum number of scholarships for the 2018-19 school year. We apologize that we cannot offer more scholarships for lower-income families this year.
    Please sign up to learn about the following by clicking the button below:
    – learn about other scholarships and programs that might be a good fit for your child for the 2018-19 school year,
    – learn when FTC Scholarship information for the 2019-20 school year is available.
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In 2001, the Florida Legislature created the income-based Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program to assure that low-income children have more learning options. The scholarships are based on financial need, not how well your child does in school. Families may choose between financial assistance toward private school tuition and fees, or with transportation costs to attend a public school in another district.

Both the private school scholarship and the transportation scholarship have the same eligibility and application process.

When Step Up is accepting applications, they are processed in the order they are received (including all supporting documentation) and scholarships are awarded with priority given to renewal families followed by new families with the greatest financial need. Scholarships 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.

Please note, checks are sent directly to the school in which the enrolled child is attending, and are never sent directly to any individuals.


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