Reading Scholarships In Florida
How the Reading Scholarship Accounts Work
Is your public school child having trouble reading? If so, the Reading Scholarship can help.
2020-21 School Year:
We are currently accepting Reading Scholarship applications for the 2020-21 school year.
Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis in the order all documents are received.
Please note: To complete the Reading Scholarship application, parents will need either the Reading Scholarship Accounts Program Eligibility Notification Form or the Spring 2019 Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) report.
- Eligibility Notification Form: You may ask your child’s school for this form. The form must be completed by the principal or their designee. Failure to provide the student’s full FLEID number and/or the fully completed form will result in your application being incomplete and you needing to apply again once you have these items. Click here to see a sample of this notification form.
- Spring 2019 FSA assessment: If your student is new to the Reading Scholarship and you do not have a copy of your child’s 2018-19 score report, please contact the Assessment Coordinator in your school district office, or your local public school or via their online system before beginning the online application. Click here to see a sample of this score report.
IMPORTANT: If your child was awarded a Reading Scholarship for the 2019-20 school year, you have been emailed a unique link to apply for the scholarship. Please apply via that link as the process is different for returning students. Do not apply through the application link below.
In 2018, Florida became the first state to offer an education savings account program for students enrolled in public schools. The Reading Scholarship, administered by Step Up For Students, was created to help public school students in third through fifth grade who struggle with reading. The program offers parents access to education savings accounts, worth $500 each, to pay for tuition and fees related to part-time tutoring, summer and after-school literacy programs, instructional materials and curriculum related to reading or literacy.
In order to be eligible for a Reading Scholarship Account your child must meet the following requirements:
• Currently enrolled in a Florida public school in third, fourth or fifth grade for the 2020-21 school year, and
• Scored a performance level 1 or 2 on the English Language Arts (ELA) test in the 2018-19 school year, or
• Enrolled in one of Florida’s 300 Lowest Performing Elementary Schools in 2018-19, or
• Enrolled in one of Florida’s elementary schools that earned a D or F school grade in 2018-19, or
• Identified in the 2019-20 school year as having substantial deficiency in reading based on their most recent available screening and progress monitoring assessment.
Students who are classified as English Language Learners, and who are enrolled in a program or receiving services that are specifically designed to meet the instructional needs of English Language Learner students, will receive priority.
**IMPORTANT: If your child was awarded a Reading Scholarship for the 2020-21 school year, you have been emailed a unique link to apply for the scholarship. Please apply via that link as the process is different for returning students.