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

SUFS Dreams_CMYK_2560x1500Florida created the income-based Florida Tax Credit Scholarship in 2001 to give 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 awarded scholarships, averaging between $6,900 to $7,500 depending on grade and county of residence, to 85,510 economically disadvantaged students during the 2021-22 school year. Overall, the scholarship program served 85,510 students in 2,048 private schools throughout the state, 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 seven-student Walden Middle School in Gulfport to the 1,807-student Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale. The average school in the 2021-22 school year had 56 scholarship students. A first-of-its-kind study on the long-term effects of the scholarship program by the Urban Institute found that scholarship students are up to 43 percent more likely to go to college and up to 29 percent more likely to earn an associates degree than their peers. Read the Urban Institute fact sheet here. Learn more about the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship below or download the 2021-22 fact sheet here.