Scholarships for 
Personalized Education 
Program Students

At this time a waitlist is still active for the PEP Scholarship to ensure we do not over-award as we approach the 2023-24 scholarship capacity.
Join the Pre-Registration List for the 2024-25 school year to be among the first notified when applications open.

Supporting Florida's Students Through Personalized Education

Florida students who are not full-time private or public school students can access the Personalized Education Program (PEP) through the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. This scholarship provides an education savings account (ESA) to fund the educational needs of eligible students.

The program will serve 20,000 students in the 2023-24 school year and grow by 40,000 annually.
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Personalizing Education for Florida Students

Who Is Eligible?

Scholarships are open to any K-12 Florida residents not enrolled in full-time private or public school regardless of household income. Students must be at least age 5 by September 1st of the school year they wish to enroll.
First priority is given to families with a household income of 185% of poverty or below as outlined in the income priority guidelines, renewing students of the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship and/or Family Empowerment Scholarship, and children in foster care or out-of-home care.
Second priority is extended to families with a household income of 400% of poverty or below. Parents who want their students to receive priority funding because of household income must submit their income tax return to apply for a PEP scholarship.

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How Does It Work?

PEP Scholarships provide access to an education savings account (ESA) that functions like a bank account. Families direct these funds to pay for:
Instructional Material
Curriculum
A virtual program approved by the FLDOE

Fees for services provided by a Choice Navigator*

Contracted services provided by a public school or school district, including classes
Tuition for an eligible home education instruction program
Fees for nationally standardized norm-referenced tests and other assessments
Tuition and fees for private tutoring programs
Tuition as a private pay student at Florida Virtual School
Education at an eligible postsecondary educational institution or approved apprenticeship program
Digital materials exclusive of digital devices such as a laptop

What is Required?

PEP students must:

  • Declare a grade level, which is used to determine student eligibility and scholarship values.
  • Submit and maintain a Student Learning Plan (SLP) annually. Parents develop this customized learning plan to guide instruction for their students and address the services needed to fulfill their child’s academic needs. It does not determine what a parent can purchase with scholarship funds.
  • Withdraw as a full-time public or private school student or terminate a home education program with their school district and enroll as a PEP student with Step Up For Students.
  • Take a norm-referenced test annually, and submit the results to the SFO. Parents of PEP students may choose from the same list of assessments that are approved for other scholarship students attending participating private schools. Alternatively, parents/guardians may arrange with their school district of residence to have your student take Florida's statewide assessments given to public school students. These assessments must be taken at a scheduled date and time and at school site designated by the district. If you would like your student to take a statewide assessment, these are the available assessments* (all administered in May 2024):
    • Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST) for Grades 3–10 Reading and Grades 3–8 Mathematics
    • Science for Grades 5 and 8
    • End-of-Course assessments for Algebra 1, Biology 1, Civics, Geometry, and U.S. History

* You must contact your school district’s assessment office by their local deadline to register for statewide testing. Do not contact your local public school or arrive for testing without making prior arrangements through the district office.

There are no specific hourly requirements for students, and parents are not required to keep a record of the number of instructional hours/days.

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