Scholarship News

Important message for the Gardiner Scholarship Program (special needs)
We are now accepting applications from renewal families for the Gardiner Scholarship Program (special needs) for the 2017-18 school year. To apply for the 2017-18 school year or to access your account using your user name and password, please click here.

We continue to accept applications from new families for the 2016-17 school year for the Gardiner Scholarship. Please continue to check back or sign up for the interest list for updates for the 2017-18 school year for new families.

Important message for the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship (income-based)
We are now accepting applications for renewal families for the 2017-2018 school year. Please note: In previous years, you may not have been required to submit documents for eligibility determination. However, changes in processing this year may require that you submit documents for your student(s) eligibility determination. To begin your 2017-18 application, please click here.

We expect to begin accepting applications for new families in late winter/early spring.
The above message does not apply to the Gardiner Scholarship for children with certain special needs.

Step Up Customer Service – expanding its customer support
Step Up For Students has seen a 22 percent growth in scholarship enrollments from last year to this year.

We listened to YOU and have made improvements so we can better serve you.

CHAT and EMAIL Correspondence: Don’t have time to make a phone call?

Access our Online Chat feature on our website. Our online chat agents are equipped to handle almost all of your questions.

Prefer to send an email? Our staff is dedicated to answering your email within 24 business hours.

We are now open during lunch. You may now reach a Scholarship Representative during lunch hours. Our hours of operation are Monday – Friday between  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST . Please note that some phone options have changed.

We have expanded our electronic customer support options to include a telephone callback feature. Don’t have the time to wait on hold? Simply indicate that you want a callback and we’ll call you as soon as an agent is available.

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Income-based Scholarship

RENEWAL FAMILIES: We are now accepting applications for renewal families for the 2017-2018 school year! To begin your 2017-18 application or to submit any supporting documents for the 2016-17 school year, please click here and select the appropriate school year from the drop-down. Please note: In previous years you may not have been required to submit documents for eligibility determination. However, changes in processing this year will require that you submit documents for your student(s) eligibility determination. Applications are processed in order once the online portion has been completed and required documents are received.

If you have forgotten your password, please see the “Forgot Password” link for assistance.

NEW FAMILIES: If you are a new family interested in the income-based scholarship for the 2017-18 school year, please click here to sign up for our interest list to receive updates on when you may apply. We expect to begin accepting new applications in late winter/early spring.

Children in foster care or in out-of-home care may apply year round.

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Special Needs Scholarship

RENEWAL FAMILIES: If your child is using a Step Up Gardiner Scholarship for the 2016-17 school year, click here to apply for the 2017-18 school year or to access your account using your existing user name and password. If you have forgotten the password, click the “Forgot Password” link for assistance. Before beginning your application, please be sure to select the appropriate school year from the dropdown menu.

NEW FAMILIES: We continue to accept applications from new families for the Gardiner Scholarship for the 2016-17 school year. All applicants must have an active email address to create an online application.

First-time applicants, please click here to begin your application.

Please note: If you are an applicant who

  • has applied for the Gardiner Scholarship (previously known as PLSA) with Step Up in a previous year or
  • has started an application for the 2016-17 school year, but need to access your account to submit documents, check status and more, please click here to login using your existing user name and password. If you have forgotten the password, please see the “Forgot
    Password” link for assistance.