Frequently Asked Questions

If your school is currently eligible to participate in the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, your school will be eligible to participate in the Hope Scholarship Program. By checking a box on your school’s Department of Education log-in, you can indicate that the school will participate. Step Up For Students will notify schools when this option is available.

Hope Scholarship payments will mirror the Florida Tax Credit payment schedule; however, funding for the program will not become available until at least November 2018. Verification reporting will be similar to FTC. Schools will have to confirm the student’s attendance prior to the distribution of funds. Additional information will be sent to schools prior to the start of the academic year.

Yes, scholarship amounts will be prorated based on the school’s first day, the student’s first day of attendance, the date that the school was deemed compliant by the Florida Department of Education or the date of approval, whichever is latest within the academic year.

The Hope Scholarship is new for the 2018-19 school year. Step Up For Students is still creating the timeline for when the scholarship application will go live.

For purposes of continuity of educational choice, a Hope scholarship shall remain in force until the student returns to their zoned public school or graduates from high school, whichever comes first. Once a child utilizes a Hope Scholarship, their scholarship funding will receive priority for the following year. Families will need to notify Step Up For Students of their plans to renew the scholarship.

The private school scholarship: Pays up to $6,519 for kindergarten – fifth grade, $6,815 for sixth – eighth grade and $7,111 for ninth – 12th grade for the 2018-19 school year. Scholarship amounts will be prorated based on the time of the school year the student enrolls in the private school. The scholarship can be used towards the following school expenses, in this order until the maximum is reached:

1. Tuition
2. Books sold through the school (e.g. textbooks, workbooks, etc.)
3. Registration
4. Transportation services that occur during school hours (e.g. transportation services to/from school or for field trips)
5. Uniforms sold through the school
6. Testing (e.g. standardized or entrance testing)
7. Other fees, not including before and/or after school care services or after school sports fees (e.g. graduation fees, yearbook fees, field trips)

No, the Hope Scholarship serves students who have been victims of bullying, violence and harassment in a K-12 public school, allowing those students to transfer to a different learning environment.

No, the Hope Scholarship covers incidents reported beginning in the 2018-19 school year.

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