Hope Scholarship Provides Options
for Students Who Have
Experienced Bullying

The Hope Scholarship

2022-23 Fast Facts:

788 students enrolled in 2022-23.

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The program is funded by individual donors who receive a tax credit, up to $105, on their motor vehicle purchase taxes.

This first-of-its-kind school choice program provides scholarships that enable students to attend a different private or public school. K-12 student recipients can use the scholarship to attend a private school or a public school in a different school district.

Florida created the Hope Scholarship in 2018 to give students who experienced bullying a fresh start.

Tax credits were first made available to donors on October 1, 2018.  

There is no typical student who suffers from bullying, harassment or assault. Bullying can lead to poor grades and low self-esteem, but students can achieve success academically and socially when freed from harassment. 

Scholarships are available to K-12 students on a first-come, first-served basis.

Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, students are eligible if they have reported an incident, that occurred on or after August 1, 2018, of battery, harassment, hazing, bullying, kidnapping, physical attack, robbery, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual battery, threat or intimidation, or fighting at school. 

The Hope Scholarship is worth an average of between $6,673 and $7,169 depending on grade and county of residence. Students wishing to transfer to a new public school in a different school district will receive up to $750 for transportation costs.