Frequently Asked Questions
Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, a public school student who was a victim of bullying or violence within a public K-12 educational institution, any school-related or school-sponsored program or activity, riding on the school bus or waiting at the school bus stop may be eligible for a scholarship to attend an eligible private school. The Hope Scholarship allows parents the opportunity transfer their child to another K-12 public school with capacity within the school district, receive a scholarship to transport the student to a public school in another school district, or to request a scholarship for the student to enroll in and attend an eligible private school.
Qualifying incidents include battery; harassment; hazing; bullying; kidnapping; physical attack; robbery; sexual offenses, harassment, assault or battery; threat or intimidation; or fighting at school as defined by the Florida Department of Education in accordance with s. 1006.09(6).
Once a parent or child submits a report of an incident, the school principal, or his/her designee, will provide a copy of the report to the parent and investigate the incident. Upon conclusion of the investigation, or within 15 days after the incident was reported, whichever occurs first, the principal, or his/her designee, will notify the parent of the Hope Scholarship Program, and provide the documentation required for Step Up For Students to determine scholarship eligibility.
For further questions, please call 1-877-735-7837. You may also use our website’s chat feature.
The Hope Scholarship is a new option for the 2018-19 school year. Step Up For Students is creating the timeline for the scholarship application to go live. Until then, please sign up for the interest list to receive additional information as it becomes available.
The scholarship to attend a participating private school will cover published tuition and fees up to $6,519 for kindergarten – fifth grade, $6,815 for sixth – eighth grade and $7,111 for ninth – 12th grade per child, per year for the 2018-19 school year. This scholarship amount is prorated based on different factors including the school’s first day, the student’s first day of attendance, the date that the school was deemed compliant by the Florida Department of Education or the date of approval, whichever is latest. The scholarship to attend an out-of-district public school is up to $750 per child per year. This scholarship amount is prorated based on the school’s first day, the student’s first day of attendance or the date of approval.
Students may be eligible for multiple scholarships; however, they cannot receive funding from more than one scholarship program.
Step Up For Students will need the form the parent received from the public school’s principal or his/her designee that notates the student’s eligibility for the Hope Scholarship.