Scholarships To Give Florida Students Educational Options

Every Student Deserves A Choice

Step Up For Students supports students and families in building a stronger future through an education that fits their needs. Our scholarships open doors with tuition, transportation, and educational resources. Find out more about how our programs can make a difference for you.

Scholarships for Educational Options

The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship (FTC) and the Family Empowerment Scholarship for Educational Options (FES-EO)

Give your child access to the education that best meets their needs. These scholarships provide financial assistance for private school tuition and related costs, public school transportation and more.

Quick facts:

  • Available to Florida residents, regardless of household income, who are eligible to attend a K-12 public school.*
  • The scholarship will first pay for the cost of private school tuition and related fees or public school transportation.
  • $7,700 average amount awarded for private school scholarships for the 2022-23 school year
  • $750 minimum awarded for transportation scholarships
  • Florida students who are not full-time private nor full-time public school students now have access to the Personalized Education Program (PEP) through the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program.
*First Priority is given to students with a household income of 185% or less of the federal poverty line.
Download the FTC HandbookDownload the FES-EO Handbook

Scholarships for Students with Unique Abilities

The Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities (FES-UA)

Personalize the education of your child with unique abilities. This scholarship is delivered as an education savings account (ESA) that you can direct toward a combination of programs and approved providers. This includes schools, therapists, specialists, curriculum, technology, a college savings account and more.

Quick facts:

  • Available to students age 3 through grade 12 or age 22, whichever comes first, who have a specific diagnosis
  • $10,000 average award for an FES-UA scholarship
  • Funds may be used for tuition and fees for a private school, homeschooling options, therapies, tutoring and more
Download the FES-UA Handbook

Hope Scholarship

These scholarships provide financial assistance for private school tuition and related costs or for public transportation. The Hope Scholarship is available to K-12 grade public school students who have experienced bullying, assault, threats or other violent acts.

Quick facts:

  • Available to K-12th students with a qualifying incident
  • $7,700 average award for private school scholarships
  • $750 minimum for transportation scholarships
  • Includes private school tuition and related fees or public school transportation
  • Eligibility based on reported and documented incidents
Download the Hope Handbook

Reading Scholarship

New Worlds Reading Scholarship Accounts support your struggling K-5th grade child in becoming a stronger reader. This scholarship can be used for fees related to tutoring and literacy programs along with reading instructional materials, curriculum and more. Financial assistance is provided through a $500 education savings account (ESA).

Quick facts:

  • Funds may be used for part-time tutoring, summer and after-school literacy programs, instructional materials, curriculum and more
  • Available to K-5th grade students
  • $500 education savings account
  • Eligibility based on the student’s performance on the English Language Arts (ELA) test during the prior year
Download the Reading Handbook