How the Income-Based Scholarships Work

More than 784,000 scholarships have been provided to lower-income Florida students in grades K-12 since 2001. Could your child be next?

2019-20 School Year:


New and renewal families may apply now for the income-based scholarships for the 2019-20 school year by clicking the button below.  Note: The processing priority deadline (Jan. 31, 2019) for renewal families has passed meaning all applications are now processed on a first-come, first-served basis in the order all documents are received, regardless of family scholarship status.


FLORIDA TAX CREDIT
SCHOLARSHIP

In 2001, the Florida Legislature created the income-based Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program to assure that low-income children have more learning options. The scholarships are based on financial need, not how well your child does in school. Families may choose between financial assistance toward private school tuition and fees, or with transportation costs to attend a public school in another district.

Both the private school option and the transportation option have the same eligibility and application process.

When Step Up is accepting applications, they are processed in the order they are received (including all supporting documentation) and scholarships are awarded with priority given to renewal families followed by new families with the greatest financial need. Scholarships can be transferred to other eligible schools if the student moves within the state, or simply wants to attend a different Step Up partner school.

FAMILY EMPOWERMENT SCHOLARSHIP

The Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES) Program is one of Florida’s greatest victories for low-income and working-class families, and it is the first of its kind to extend support to middle-income families. Following the 2019 Legislative Session, Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 7070, which creates the FES Program and provides 18,000 students life-changing education opportunities for academic and career success.


The FES Program will provide an educational lifeline to students waiting for an opportunity to find the school that will best work for them and puts more parents in the driver’s seat to determine the best educational environments for their children.

Please note, checks are sent directly to the school in which the enrolled child is attending, and are never sent directly to any individuals.

What are my child's options

Children who income qualify

Children who are homeless (FTC)

Children who are in foster care or out-of-home care (FTC)