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.
- Students entering kindergarten must be 5 on or before Sept. 1.
- Students entering first grade must be 6 on or before Sept. 1.
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:
- Siblings of students participating in the Family Empowerment Scholarship, including siblings of students who are eligible based on a special need.
- Dependent children of an active duty member of the United States Armed Forces.
- Students with one of the following diagnoses: speech impairment; language impairment; orthopedic impairment; other health impairment; emotional or behavioral disability; or specific learning disability, including but not limited to dyslexia, dyscalculia, or developmental aphasia; a visual impairment, including blindness; a hearing impairment, including deafness.
- Paystubs (30 consecutive days closest to when you submit your application)
- Proof of residency for all members in the household (i.e. – health insurance, Medicaid, income documentation, utility bills, court custody documents or residential lease listing household members)
- Any other sources of income (i.e. – unemployment benefits, social security benefits, child support benefits, etc.)
- Driver’s license or passport for primary and secondary parents
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Is Your Family Eligible?
The best way to determine whether you’re eligible is to start the application process.
What can a scholarship do for my child?
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.