Reading Scholarships in Florida

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Reading Scholarships

Is your public school child having trouble reading? If so, the Reading Scholarship can help.

2021-22 School Year:

Families may apply now for a Reading Scholarship for the 2021-22 school year.

Starting this school year, families apply for Reading Scholarships through an online portal. New families to the Reading Scholarship Program should click the button below to get started.

Important! Does your student have funds remaining in their Reading Scholarship Account from a previous school year? Step Up For Students emailed you a unique link. You must use that unique link to create your online account. After you create your account, you can use the “Apply Now/Login” button below to login to the scholarship portal. You will use the scholarship portal to manage your funds and/or apply for a scholarship.

Who is Eligible?

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 2021-22 school year, and scored a performance level of 1 or 2 on the English Language Arts (ELA) test in the 2020-21 school 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 (ELL) students, will receive priority.

While completing the application, you may be asked to provide the following document, but it is not required to complete the application: 2020-21 ELA score report.

About Reading Scholarship Accounts

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.

FAQ


The scholarships are worth $500 each and can be used for reimbursement for the following:

  • Tuition and fees for part-time tutoring provided by a person who holds a valid Florida educator’s certificate, a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the subject, an adjunct teaching certificate, or has demonstrated mastery of the subject area knowledge.
  • Fees for summer education programs designed to improve reading or literacy skills.
  • Fees for after-school education programs designed to improve reading or literacy skills.
  • Instructional materials, including desktop and laptop computers and tablets and curriculum related to reading or literacy.
Please refer to the Reading Scholarship Accounts Handbook for more information.

Families may apply now for a Reading Scholarship for the 2021-22 school year.

Starting this school year, families apply for Reading Scholarships through an online portal. New families to the Reading Scholarship Program should click here to get started.

Important! Does your student have funds remaining in their Reading Scholarship Account from a previous school year? Step Up For Students emailed you a unique link. You must use that unique link to create your online account. After you create your account, you can use the “Apply Now/Login” button found at the top of this page to login to the scholarship portal. You will use the scholarship portal to manage your funds and/or apply for a scholarship.

Please click here for the 2021-22 Reading Scholarship Accounts Handbook.

Step Up For Students will send you updates to the email address you used when you applied. You may also login to the scholarship portal to view the status of your application at any time.

Funded families may login to the scholarship portal at any time to view their student’s Reading Scholarship Account balance.

Please review the Reading Scholarship Handbook  for details on approved uses of Reading Scholarship funds.

Reading Scholarship families may choose to pay out-of-pocket for approved goods and services. Families may then login to the scholarship portal to submit a reimbursement request. Read the Reading Scholarship Handbook for more details about the reimbursement process.

To avoid upfront costs, Reading Scholarship Families may choose one of Step Up For Student’s direct-pay options. Our direct-pay options include part-time tutors, after-school and summer reading programs, and shopping for preapproved goods through MyScholarShop. Visit the Reading Scholarship Handbook to learn more.


Please click here to find part-time tutoring services.


Please 
click here to find summer and after-school Reading programs that have been preapproved for the Reading Scholarship.


Please click here for additional information about the Reading Scholarship for schools and providers.

2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR

Families may apply now for a Reading Scholarship for the 2021-22 school year.

Starting this school year, families apply for Reading Scholarships through an online portal. New families to the Reading Scholarship Program should click the button at the top of the page to get started.

Important! Does your student have funds remaining in their Reading Scholarship Account from a previous school year? Step Up For Students emailed you a unique link. You must use that unique link to create your online account. After you create your account, you can use the “Apply Now/Login” button found at the top of this page to login to the scholarship portal. You will use the scholarship portal to manage your funds and/or apply for a scholarship.

For help regarding scholarship applications, please call the Contact Center at 877-735-7837.

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