Family Empowerment Scholarship for Education Options – Basic Facts
The Family Empowerment Scholarship for Education Options (FES-EO) 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 was capped at 18,000 students for for the inaugural year. More than 17,000 students in its first year and 36,409 students in 2020-21.
For the 2021-22 school year, the FES-EO funded 78,220 students.