Florida Scholarships for Lower-Income Families
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More than 784,000 scholarships have been provided to lower-income Florida students in grades K-12 since 2001. Could your child be next?
2019-20 School Year:
Due to overwhelming demand for Step Up’s Income-Based Scholarships, we are no longer accepting applications for the 2019-20 school year.
2020-21 School Year:
New and renewal families may APPLY NOW for an Income-Based Scholarship for the 2020-21 school year by clicking on the button below. (Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis in the order all documents are received, and funding is limited.)
IMPORTANT: Renewal Florida Tax Credit scholarship students had processing priority until February 29, 2020. Renewal families who apply on or after March 1, 2020, no longer have processing priority for their student meaning all applications, for renewal students AND new students, will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis in the order the application and all supporting documents are received. (A renewal student is one who is using the income-based Florida Tax Credit Scholarship for the 2019-20 school year.)
Note: For students using the income-based Family Empowerment Scholarship, please do not complete a Step Up For Students application. Please refer to the email sent to you in January 2020 by the Florida Department of Education explaining what needs to be done for your student for the 2020-21 school year.)
In 2001, the Florida Legislature created the income-based Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program to assure that low-income children have more learning options. In May 2019, nearly 20 years later, the Family Empowerment Scholarship was created by the Florida Legislature to further help low-income children.
Both scholarships are based on financial need not how well your child does in school. The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship (FTC) allows families to choose between financial assistance toward private school tuition and fees, or with transportation costs to attend a public school in another district. The Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES) may only be used towards private school tuition and fees.
When applications are being accepted, they are processed in the order they are received (including all supporting documentation). Scholarships are awarded with priority given to renewal families followed by new families with the greatest financial need. For the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship, renewal families have first-priority. Scholarships can be transferred to other eligible schools if the student moves within the state, or simply wants to attend a different participating private school.
- While the eligibility criteria between the programs vary, the application is the same for both.
- Checks are sent directly to the school in which the enrolled child is attending and are never sent directly to any individuals.
Florida Tax Credit Scholarship – Eligibility and Program Details
Family Empowerment Scholarship – Eligibility and Program Details
For Frequently Asked Questions for the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship, click here.