Private school scholarships for dependent children of an active-duty member of the US Armed Forces
Get an average of $7,000 a year per child for K-12 private school with a Step Up For Students scholarship.
For the 2021-22 school year, a scholarship award to pay for tuition and fees at an eligible private school is worth an average of $7,000 per child, depending on where the student lives and their grade level.
- Students entering kindergarten must be 5 on or before Sept. 1.
- Students entering first grade must be 6 on or before Sept. 1.
On May 11, 2021, Governor DeSantis signed legislation that expands access to education choice scholarships. These changes went into effect on July 1, 2021.
- Dependent children of an active-duty member of the United States Armed Forces are eligible for a private school scholarship, regardless of household income.
- Only includes active-duty members of the United States Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy and Space Force.
- Families must submit a copy of the Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) of the Active-duty Military parent as verification.
- Proof of residency for all members in the household (i.e. – health insurance, Medicaid, income documentation, utility bills, court custody documents or residential lease listing household members)
- Driver’s license or passport for primary and secondary parents
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* If an active-duty military family is interested in the scholarship option for transportation assistance to a public school, the family must meet the income guidelines.
Is Your Family Eligible?
The best way to determine whether you’re eligible is to start the application process.
What can a scholarship do for my child?
Step Up For Students offers two scholarships: the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship and the Family Empowerment Scholarship.
The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship gives families a choice of financial assistance toward private school tuition and fees, or helps with transportation costs for students to attend a public school different than the one they are assigned to*. The Family Empowerment Scholarship may be used towards private school tuition and fees.
The application is the same for both scholarships. We determine if you are eligible, and for which scholarship.