A Message from Step Up For Students


COVID-19 Update


Like you, we continue to monitor the latest news about COVID-19. The impact of this virus is unprecedented, not only on the public health of our country but on businesses everywhere.

At Step Up For Students, the health and safety of our employees is of utmost importance. We have been monitoring the situation closely and have taken the proper precautions to keep our employees safe and healthy while also focusing on the commitment to our families, students and schools.

Our service center, online chat, provider relations, reimbursement team and processing centers are up and running. We continue to accept scholarship applications for all programs: income-based (Florida Tax Credit or Family Empowerment Scholarship), Gardiner, Hope and Reading. Reimbursements also continue to be processed for Gardiner and Reading Scholarship programs. We are making every effort to ensure that your questions are answered quickly and that applications and reimbursements are processed with care and efficiency.

What if my child cannot go to school, will the scholarship amount be affected?

Step Up For Students continues to work closely with the Department of Education. Please note: The memo previously released by the Department of Education with helpful information related to school closures, attendance requirements and scholarship impact is being updated. Please check back later for updates.

Will there be any delays in processing my application?

We are fully operational at this point and we don’t anticipate any delays. However, we will continue to monitor the situation, so please continue to check your email and our social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for up-to-date information.

We understand this is a very difficult time for everyone. We are doing all we can to ensure our business is as uninterrupted as possible while also ensuring the utmost care for our employees, families and students.

If you have any questions, please feel to visit our chat agents at www.StepUpForStudents.org or contact us at 1-877-735-7837.

We have compiled a list of resources to help our families during this challenging time, including free meal programs, Wi-Fi services, fun learning options and more. Please click here to view the list and check back often as we will be adding more resources as we learn of them.


Equal Opportunity Education

Step Up For Students is dedicated to providing scholarships to disadvantaged Florida students to attend the school of their choice. We believe all children deserve the opportunity to attend a school that best fits their needs – especially our most vulnerable students who are lower-income, victims of bullying, have unique abilities, and those who identify as LGBTQ. Step Up For Students puts scholarships in parents’ hands to make the best decision for their children and is proud to have provided nearly 900,000 scholarships over the last 19 years. This year, across five programs, we are helping 144,000 students, most of whom are minorities, with scholarships totaling nearly $1 billion.

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