Scholarships For Private School

New Families

You are a new family for the 2022-23 school year if your student did not utilize an income-based scholarship for the 2021-22 school year. (Please see helpful tips below before applying.)

Renewal Families

You are a renewal family if your child is using a Florida Tax Credit Scholarship OR Family Empowerment Scholarship for Educational Options for the 2021-22 school year.

Did you know that FTC and FES-EO scholarships are once-in, always-in?

This means that once a student is awarded and uses a scholarship, they will remain eligible, regardless of income, until they graduate high school or return to public school.

Don’t wait – APPLY TODAY for a scholarship for your child for the 2022-23 school year! (The FTC/FES-EO applications are the same. Just click the “Apply/Login” button above to get started. Once you apply, we will let you know if your student is eligible and for which program.)

Before you apply:

Helpful Information/Tips:

  • Some students are eligible regardless of income. This includes:

      • siblings of students using the Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities (IMPORTANT: Do NOT apply for a sibling through the FES-EO program until you have the student ID number for your FES-UA student. The FES-UA student ID will appear on the “Account Activity” tab within your FES-UA account once an FES-UA student is found eligible.

      • dependents of a member of the US Armed Forces (including Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Space Force and reservists)

      • dependents of a law enforcement officer

      • children who are in foster care or out-of-home care

      • children who are homeless

  • The application for the private school scholarship or the transportation scholarship through the Florida Tax Credit (FTC) and Family Empowerment Scholarship for Educational Options (FES-EO) programs are the same. Click the buttons above to create an account/log in to complete the application. We will let you know if you qualify and, if so, for which one.

Per Florida Statute SB2126; “Owner or operator” includes: An owner, operator, superintendent, or principal of an eligible private school or a person with equivalent decision making authority over an eligible private school.
An owner or operator may only qualify for a Family Empowerment Scholarship, if they meet all other eligibility requirements

Due to legislative changes, dependent students of active duty military members may qualify for a scholarship, regardless of household income.

Military families can apply for a scholarship year-round, even if our application season is closed. If you need to apply, please contact us at 1-877-735-7837.

Determining your household members:
Any member of the armed services who is activated or deployed in support of any military combat operation is counted as a household member.

Determining your household income
Only the base pay of the service member will be counted as income.

Validating Documentation:
Copy of service member’s LES representing the income for the month of application submission or the month prior to application submission. 

* For the purposes of eligibility “deployment” is defined as a term of six months or longer.

Determining your household income:

  • Self-employed persons are credited with net income rather than gross income. Net income for self-employment is determined by subtracting business expenses from gross receipts.
  • Gross receipts include the total income from goods sold or services rendered by the business.
  • Deductible business expenses include the cost of goods purchased, rent, utilities, depreciation charges, wages and salaries, paid, and business taxes (not personal, Federal, State, or local income taxes).
  • Net income for self-employed farmers is figured by subtracting the farmer’s operating expenses from the gross receipts.
  • Gross receipts include the value of all products sold; money received from the rental of farm land, buildings, or equipment to others, and incidental receipts from the sale of items such as wood, sand, or gravel.
  • Operating expenses include cost of feed, fertilizers, seed and other farming supplies, cash wages paid to farmhands, depreciation charges, cash rent, interest on farm mortgages, farm building repairs, and farm taxes (but not local, State, and Federal income taxes).
  • Households with income from wages and self-employment must enter the income from each source separately.
  • If households with income from wages and self-employment have a business lost, wages may not be reduced by the amount of the business loss.
  • If income from self-employment is negative, it should be listed as zero income.

-Eligibility Manual for School Meals, October 2011

Validating Documentation:

  • A copy of the most recent month’s Profit & Loss / Income & Expense statement.
  • If the most recent month’s P&L is not an accurate representation of the household’s self-employment income a copy of the prior year’s 1040, including all applicable schedules can be submitted.

Out-of-home care is defined as:
The placement of a child in licensed and non-licensed settings, arranged and supervised by the department of children and families or contracted service provider, outside the home of the parent.

Determining your household members:
In a household with both children in foster/out-of-home care and those that are not in either of these programs, the children in foster/out-of-home care are counted as members of the household.

Determining your household income:
In a household with children in foster care and those that are not, any PERSONAL income the child in foster care receives must be counted in the household’s income.
In a household with children in foster/out-of-home care and those that are not, payments received from the foster/out-of-home care agency for the care of these children is NOT counted in the household’s income.

– Eligibility Manual for School Meals, October 2011

Validating Documentation:

Children in foster care

  • A copy of your current Foster Parent License, issued by the Department of Children and Families


  • A copy of the placement papers for the child/ren in foster care

Children in out-of-home care

  • A copy of the placement papers for the child/ren in out-of-home care


  • A copy of the court order, fully executed and signed by the judge, placing the child in your care

If you are unable to provide copies of one of these documents, please complete the application and submit it to SUFS. The processing team may be able to validate the information directly through DCF.

If your student is awarded a Florida Tax Credit Scholarship and they desire to continue taking Florida Virtual School classes, the student CANNOT take more than TWO free courses during the school year. If the student takes more than TWO free virtual classes during the school year, they will forfeit the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship.

If the student is awarded a Family Empowerment Scholarship, the student may not take any free courses through Florida Virtual school. However, the student may privately pay for any courses they wish to take through their private school.

The McKay Scholarship Program
The McKay Scholarship Program has been expanded to include children with disabilities who have an IEP or are on a 504 plan in the public school. The McKay Scholarship is the largest state program in the nation that provides funding for students with disabilities to attend other public or private schools with programs for students with disabilities. Scholarships range from $5,200 to $17,000.

To participate in the State of Florida McKay Scholarship, a parent must submit their letter of intent to the Florida Department of Education. Information about how to submit the letter of intent and the deadlines for submission can be found at the Florida Department of Education’s website:

Beginning with the 2022-23 school year, all McKay students will be rolled into the Family Empowerment Scholarship Educational Savings Account for students with unique abilities.

Family Empowerment Scholarship an Education Savings Account (formerly the Gardiner Scholarship)

In May of 2021, Governor DeSantis signed legislation that expands access to education choice scholarships, including the Family Empowerment Scholarship Education Savings Account, designed for students in public, private or home education with specific unique disabilities detailed in the following link:

A student CANNOT receive the McKay Scholarship, the Family Empowerment Scholarship and/or the Florida Tax Credit scholarship and/or the Hope Scholarship at the same time. Not all private schools accept these scholarship programs.

A child is considered homeless if s/he is lacking a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act by the local educational agency liaison, or by the director of a homeless shelter. This definition includes:

  • Children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
  • Children and youths who are living in emergency or transitional shelters, are abandoned in hospitals, or are awaiting foster care placement;
  • Children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designated for or ordinarily used a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
  • Children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
  • Migratory children who qualify as homes because the children are living in the circumstances described above.

– Eligibility Manual for School Meals, October 2011

Validating Documentation:

The determination of whether your child meets this definition is made by the school district’s homeless liaison. If your family meets this definition, please submit the following document/s with your application:

  • A document signed by the local education liaison or the director of a homeless shelter that includes the following:
    • The name/s of the children
    • The effective date/s of homelessness