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:

Step Up For Students is working with the Department of Education to determine eligibility criteria for the 2020-21 school year since the Florida Standards Assessment was not administered in the 2019-20 school year. Due to this change, the opening of the Reading Scholarship application for the 2020-21 school year will now be in fall 2020.

To receive updates on when Reading Scholarship applications for the 2020-21 school year will be accepted, please click the “Join Interest List” button 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.


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    • Third- through fifth-grade public school students who scored a 1 or 2 on the third or fourth grade English Language Arts section of the Florida Standards Assessment in the prior year.
    • 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.

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