Private school scholarships for law enforcement families, regardless of income.

Transportation help to public school is also available; however, law enforcement families must meet the income eligibility criteria to use this option. Click here to learn more about the transportation option.

Get an average of $7,700 a year for K-12 private school with a Step Up For Students scholarship.

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Eligibility Requirements

Scholarship awards can be used to pay for tuition and fees at an eligible private school and are worth an average of $7,700, depending on where the student lives and their grade level.

Dependent children of a full-time law enforcement officer may qualify, regardless of incomeFamilies may be asked to provide a copy of their law enforcement officer ID card for data purposes. 

Age Eligibility:

  • Students entering kindergarten must be 5 on or before Sept. 1.
  • Students entering first grade must be 6 on or before Sept. 1.

Under s. 943.10(1) F.S., “law enforcement officer” is defined as any person who is elected, appointed, or employed full time by any municipality or the state or any political subdivision thereof; who is vested with authority to bear arms and make arrests; and whose primary responsibility is the prevention and detection of crime or the enforcement of the penal, criminal, traffic, or highway laws of the state. This definition includes all certified supervisory and command personnel whose duties include, in whole or in part, the supervision, training, guidance, and management responsibilities of full-time law enforcement officers, part-time law enforcement officers, or auxiliary law enforcement officers but does not include support personnel employed by the employing agency.

We have put together helpful information to identify who is considered a law enforcement officer.

Law enforcement officer FAQ

Law enforcement officer eligibility chart

Income Guidelines

Household Size Annual Household Gross Income Cap
1 $54,360
2 $73,240
3 $92,120
4 $111,000
5 $129,880
6 $148,760
7 $167,640
8 $186,520
9 $205,400
10 $224,280
11 $243,160
12 $262,040
13 $280,920

* If a law enforcement family is interested in the scholarship option for transportation assistance to a public school, the family must meet the income guidelines.

Did you know the scholarship is once-in, always-in?

This means that once a student is awarded and uses a scholarship, they will remain eligible until they graduate high school or return to public school. 

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The Opportunity

What can a scholarship do for my child?

The Family Empowerment Scholarship for Educational Options (FES-EO) gives families a choice of financial assistance toward private school tuition and fees, or helps with transportation costs for students to attend a public school different than the one they are assigned to.*

*To qualify for the transportation option, law enforcement families must meet the income eligibility criteria. Click here to learn about the transportation option.

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Click here to view the 2022-23 scholarship award amounts

Students on the scholarship for four or more years are:

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More Likely to Attend a Four-Year College
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More Likely to Earn a Bachelor’s Degree
*Urban Institute
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Stepping Up To Success


To apply for the 2021-22 school year, click the “APPLY NOW” button and create your account. After creating your account, call us at 877-735-7837 to let us know you are trying to complete a 2021-22 application for a dependent of a military family. 

Families may still apply for the 2021-22 school year for dependent children of a reservist or an active-duty member of the US Armed Forces.