The Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES) was signed into law on May 9, 2019 and became Florida’s sixth K-12 private school scholarship program since 1999. Like the McKay Scholarship, the FES is funded through the Florida Education Finance Plan (FEFP). The FEFP also funds district public schools as well as public charter schools. The new FES program is capped at 18,000 students for 2019-20. The cap will grow by 0.25 percent of the state’s total public school student enrollment (estimated at about 7,000 students for 2020-21).
FES served more than 17,000 students in its first year. For 2020-21, the FES program served 36,409 students.
The program is income-based and first-come, first-served. Parents, guardians and students may apply for the program by clicking here.