Basic Program Facts about the
Florida Tax Credit Scholarship (FTC)

SUFS Dreams_CMYK_2560x1500Florida created the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship in 2001 to give low-income students one learning option that is not available to them because of their financial circumstances. It allows them to consider whether a private school might be a better fit academically.

Step Up for Students served 80,664 students in 2,048 private schools throughout the state during the 2022-23 school year, and the mix is truly eclectic. The schools that have chosen to join the cause of helping underprivileged students run the gamut – everything from the six-student Walden Middle School in Gulfport to the 1,512-student Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School in Fort Lauderdale. The average school has 56 scholarship students.

typical-student-trekel-hodoLives near poverty: The average household income is $43,123, which qualifies for the free or reduced price lunch program. The standard for free or reduced lunch in public schools is 185 percent of poverty.

Is black or Hispanic: Some 27 percent of students are black and 38 percent Hispanic. Roughly 29 percent are white and another 6 percent identify as multi-racial or other.

Lives with one parent: Fort-three percent of the scholarship children are from single-parent households.

Has struggled academically: A state-commissioned researcher has determined that scholarship students “tend to be among the lowest-performing students in their prior school, regardless of the performance level of their public school.”

More low-income students are choosing this option


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