For the 2021-22 school year, a family of four could have an income of up to $99,375 annually to be eligible for a private school scholarship. For the 2020-21 school year, a scholarship award to pay for tuition and fees at an eligible private school was worth an average of $7,000 per child, depending on where the student lived and their grade level.
On May 11, 2021, Governor DeSantis signed legislation that expands access to education choice scholarships. These changes went into effect on July 1, 2021. The new legislation allows more families than ever to be eligible for a scholarship, including:
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The best way to determine whether you’re eligible is to start the application process.
Step Up For Students offers two scholarships that are based on your household’s income: the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship and the Family Empowerment Scholarship.
The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship and the Family Empowerment Scholarship give 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. The Family Empowerment Scholarship transportation option is limited for the students with the greatest need.
Both scholarships are based on financial need and not how well your child does in school. The application is the same for both scholarships. We determine if you are eligible, and for which scholarship.