Private school scholarships for military families, regardless of income.

Transportation help to public school is also available; however, military families must meet the income eligibility criteria. Click here to learn more.

Get an average of $7,700 a year for K-12 private school with a Step Up For Students scholarship.

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Does your family qualify?

Eligibility Requirements

Scholarship awards can be used to pay for tuition and fees at an eligible private school and are worth an average of $7,700, depending on where the student lives and their grade level.

Age Eligibility:

  • Students entering kindergarten must be 5 on or before Sept. 1.
  • Students entering first grade must be 6 on or before Sept. 1.

More families than ever are eligible for a scholarship, including:

  • Dependent children of a member of the United States Armed Forces may qualify, regardless of household income. This includes members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Space Force and reservists.
  • 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

Income Guidelines

Household Size Annual Household Gross Income Cap
1 $54,360
2 $73,240
3 $92,120
4 $111,000
5 $129,880
6 $148,760
7 $167,640
8 $186,520
9 $205,400
10 $224,280
11 $243,160
12 $262,040
13 $280,920

* If a military family is interested in the scholarship option for transportation assistance to a public school, the family must meet the income guidelines.

Did you know the scholarship is once-in, always-in?


This means that once a student is awarded and uses a scholarship, they will remain eligible until they graduate high school or return to public school.

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The Opportunity

What can a scholarship do for my child?

Step Up For Students offers two scholarships: the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship (FTC) and the Family Empowerment Scholarship for Educational Options (FES-EO).

Both scholarships give 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 application is the same for both scholarships. We determine if you are eligible, and for which scholarship.

*To qualify for the transportation option, military families must meet the income eligibility criteria. 

More Details About Each Program »

Click here to view the 2022-23 scholarship award amounts for FTC/FES-EO

Students on the scholarship for four or more years are:

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More Likely to Attend a Four-Year College
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More Likely to Earn a Bachelor’s Degree
*Urban Institute
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Stepping Up To Success


Apply for the 2022-23 school year today! 

Families may still apply for the 2021-22 school year for dependent children of a reservist or an active-duty member of the US Armed Forces.