Frequently Asked Questions for the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship
To accept Florida Tax Credit Scholarship students, a school must apply with and meet the annual compliance regulations of the Florida Department of Education (DOE).
For more information regarding these requirements, click here. Private school administrators are required to be familiar with and know the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Statutes and Rules. The statute and rules can be found here.
Information regarding the Florida Tax Credit program specifically for private school Administrators can be found here.
For questions related to Florida DOE compliance requirements or deadlines, you may contact your DOE regional manager by calling 800.447.1636. A listing of regional managers can be found by logging into your DOE portal.
*The policies and procedures specific to Step Up For Students are contained in the FTC School Handbook. Please visit the School Handbook for more information.
Once a school is approved by the Florida Department of Education to participate with the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship (FTC), the school must contact Step Up For Students at email@example.com or 1-877-735-7837.
After Step Up For Students walks your school through the next steps, you will receive login information to the school account in our system.
After receiving their award letter, the parent should take the letter to the eligible, participating school of their choice and a school administrator should access the School Commitment Form (SCF) via their secured login, complete and submit the form. Doing this notifies Step Up For Students of the student’s enrollment at the private school. Do not accept a student without an Award Letter unless you assume full responsibility for their tuition.
When a student withdraws from an eligible, participating private school during the academic year, a digital Exit Confirmation Form (ECF) must be completed and submitted within FIVE (5) business days of the student’s withdrawal. For more information about how to complete SCFS and ECFS, please visit the School Handbook.
The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship has two options – one provides financial assistance to attend a private school and the other provides transportation assistance to a public school other than the one the student is assigned to. For more information on what is covered by the scholarship, please click here.
Step Up For Students now issues Florida Tax Credit Scholarship payments to schools electronically. This process takes place at least four times per school year and requires the parent/guardian to electronically verify their student’s payment, each time, before Step Up For Students can release the student’s scholarship funds to the school.
Prior to each scholarship payment, schools are required to verify their scholarship students by completing and submitting an electronic Verification Report (VR). The electronic Verification Report is available through the school’s secured login and must be completed during the verification window. Schools will not be permitted to complete Scholarship Commitment Forms (SCFS) or Exit Commitment Forms (ECFS) during a Verification Window. Schools should ensure all information is correct at least one week prior to the VR.
Please click here for the 2021-22 Verification Report and Payment Distribution Schedule.
Applications for the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship are digital and are available via the Step Up For Students website. There is no fee to apply.
Parents may review eligibility criteria for the scholarship here.
Parents may apply or check the status of their application via their secured login on the Step Up For Students website. Schools should not complete or submit applications for families. Schools must not request access to or obtain the parent’s information to the scholarship account. Doing so may result in loss of provider participation and/or scholarship eligibility and funding for the student.
The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship may be transferred to another eligible, participating private school throughout the academic year. To transfer the scholarship, the current eligible, participating private school must withdraw the student with an Exit Commitment Form (ECF). After an ECF has been received by Step Up For Students, the new school will be required to submit a School Commitment Form (SCF) for the student. Please see the School Handbook for more information about the ECF/SCF process. Funding for transferring students is determined for each school attended based on the student’s funding start date and the days the student was in attendance. The total for the academic year may not exceed the student’s maximum funding amount. Do not accept a student without an Award Letter unless you assume full responsibility for their tuition.
The statute that governs the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship administered by Step Up For Students is Florida statute number 1002.395.
The statute that governs the Family Empowerment Scholarship that is also administered by Step Up For Students is Florida statute number 1002.394.
The documents needed will vary from one application to the next depending on each family’s situation.