Reading Scholarship Accounts – For providers
Families may apply now for a Reading Scholarship for the 2021-22 school year by clicking here.
Starting this school year, families apply for (and manage their) Reading Scholarship Accounts through an online portal.
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 educational 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.
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, families may be asked to provide the following document, but it is not required to complete the application: 2020-21 ELA score report.
The scholarships are worth up to $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 a 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 and curriculum related to reading or literacy
Please refer to the Reading Scholarship Accounts Handbook for more information.
To learn how a summer and after-school care program provider can be preapproved to participate in the Reading Scholarship Program, please click here.
Please click here for the 2021-22 Reading Scholarship Accounts Handbook.
Starting this school year, families apply for (and manage their) Reading Scholarship Accounts through an online portal. Families may apply now for a Reading Scholarship for the 2021-22 school year by clicking here.
After applying for the Reading Scholarship, Step Up For Students will send parents/guardians updates to the email address used when they applied.