How the Income-Based Scholarships Work

 

More than 784,000 scholarships have been provided to lower-income Florida students in grades K-12 since 2001. Could your child be next?

2019-20 School Year:

New and renewal families may apply now for the income-based scholarships (Florida Tax Credit Scholarship and Family Empowerment Scholarship) for the 2019-20 school year by clicking the button below. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis in the order all documents are received.

Note: The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship processing priority deadline (Jan. 31, 2019) for renewal families has passed meaning all applications are now processed on a first-come, first-served basis in the order all documents are received, regardless of family scholarship status.

 

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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. In May 2019, nearly 20 years later, the Family Empowerment Scholarship was created by the Florida Legislature to further help low-income children.

Both scholarships are based on financial need not how well your child does in school. The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship (FTC) allows families to choose between financial assistance toward private school tuition and fees, or with transportation costs to attend a public school in another district. The Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES) may only be used towards private school tuition and fees.

Families interested in the Florida Tax Credit or Family Empowerment Scholarship may apply by clicking the ‘Apply Now’ buttons found on this page. When applications are being accepted, they are processed in the order they are received (including all supporting documentation). Scholarships are awarded with priority given to renewal families followed by new families with the greatest financial need. For the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship, renewal families have first-priority. Scholarships can be transferred to other eligible schools if the student moves within the state, or simply wants to attend a different participating private school.

Please note:

  • While the eligibility criteria between the programs vary, the application is the same for both.
  • Checks are sent directly to the school in which the enrolled child is attending and are never sent directly to any individuals.

Florida Tax Credit Scholarship – Eligibility and Program Details


Family Empowerment Scholarship – Eligibility and Program Details


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For Frequently Asked Questions for the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship, click here.

For Frequently Asked Questions for the Family Empowerment Scholarship, click here.

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