For the 2021-22 school year, a family of four could have an income of nearly $100,000 annually to be eligible for our private school scholarships. For this school year, which is quickly coming to a close, the scholarships for tuition and fees were worth as much as $7,000 per child, depending on where students 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 will go into effect on July 1, 2021. The new legislation allows more families than ever to be eligible for a scholarship, including:
- Sibling of Gardiner Scholarship students
- Dependent children of a 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
We are diligently updating our systems to account for the new eligibility criteria. If your student meets a criteria above, we ask you to click here to be notified when you can apply.
- Paystubs (30 consecutive days closest to when you submit your application)
- Birth certificate if your child is entering kindergarten or first grade.
- 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 gives 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 may be used towards private school tuition and fees.
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.