Family Empowerment Scholarship
The Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES) was created by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis on May 9, 2019. The FES program is Florida’s fifth voucher program, joining existing taxpayer-funded scholarships like McKay Scholarship, Bright Futures Scholarship, Voluntary Prekindergarten. FES is also Florida’s fifth K-12 private school scholarship program.
As Florida’s newest scholarship program, the FES will provide scholarships for 18,000 low-to-middle-income students to attend private schools of their parent or guardians choosing. Scholarships will average about $7,000 and vary by grade and county of residence. Eligibility is limited to 300 percent of the poverty level ($77,250 for a family of four) with priority given to students living in households at or below 185 percent of the poverty level ($47,637 for a family of four). Students must have attended a Florida public school in the prior school year. Students in foster care or out-of-home care are also eligible. Applications will open this summer.