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Private and public school options can offer a variety of benefits for students and families, including the opportunity to find a school that best fits each child’s unique learning needs. Florida is the nation’s leader in providing families and their students with quality educational choices.

Read on for information about Florida’s educational opportunity programs.

Family Empowerment Scholarships

Family Empowerment Scholarships are publicly funded scholarships to help lower and middle-income families send their child to a participating private school.

Does my child qualify? Scholarships are for lower- and middle-income families (see limits below). Students must be entering Kindergarten or have attended a public school the previous school year or have recently been in foster or out of home care.

Household Size Income Limit
2 $51,720
3 $65,160
4 $78,600
5 $92,040
6 $105,480

What is the average scholarship value?

  • Grades K-3 - $7,250.47
  • Grades 4-8 - $6,775.32
  • Grades 9-12 - $6,795.12

How do I apply? Visit Step Up for Students or A.A.A. Scholarship Foundation- FL, LLC.

Take the survey to find out if your family may be eligible.

Florida Tax Credit Scholarships

Florida Tax Credit Scholarships are available to help lower-income families send their students to a participating private school or to cover transportation costs to attend a different public school in another school district.

Does my child qualify? Scholarships are for lower-income families (see limits below). Students who have recently been in foster or out of home care are also eligible.

Household Size Income Limit
2 $44,824
3 $56,472
4 $68,120
5 $79,768
6 $91,416

What is the average scholarship value?

  • A $6,800 scholarship (average amount) awarded to a student for enrollment in an eligible private school; or
  • A $750 scholarship awarded to a student for transportation to a Florida public school that is located outside the school zone which student resides.

How do I apply? Visit Step Up for Students or A.A.A. Scholarship Foundation- FL, LLC.

Take the survey to find out if your family may be eligible.

Gardiner Scholarships

Gardiner Scholarships are available to families of children with special needs. Scholarships may be used for a variety of educational services, including private school tuition, tutoring, specialized services like occupational therapy or speech therapy, instructional materials and more.

Does my child qualify? Students must have an Individual Educational Plan (a written plan for the special education of a student with a disability) and one of the following disabilities:

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Down syndrome
  • Phelan-McDermid syndrome
  • Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Spina bifida
  • High-risk child
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Williams syndrome
  • Rare diseases
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Deaf
  • Visually impaired
  • Traumatic brain injured
  • Hospital or homebound

McKay Scholarships

McKay scholarships are available to help students with special needs attend a participating private school or a public school of their choice.

Does my child qualify? Students must have an Individual Education Plan or a 504 accommodation plan. Students must be entering Kindergarten or have attended a public school the previous school year, or have recently been in foster or out of home care. Dependent children of members of the United States Armed Forces are also eligible.

What is the average scholarship value? $8,262 for students with an Individual Education Plan; $4,626 for students with a 504 accommodation plan.

How do I apply? Visit the Florida Department of Education McKay Scholarship Application Page.

Hope Scholarships

Hope Scholarships are available to students who have been bullied or harassed in their public school to attend a participating private school.

Does my child qualify? Students who have experienced harassment; hazing; bullying; kidnapping; physical attack; robbery; sexual offenses, assault, or battery; threat or intimidation; or fighting at a public K-12 school are eligible.

What is the average scholarship value? Families can choose to receive financial assistance toward private school tuition and fees or assistance with transportation to a public school in another school district. For the private school option, award amounts are determined by the student’s grade level and the county in which the student lives.

How do I apply? Visit Step Up for Students.

Reading Scholarships

Reading Scholarships are available to help struggling readers improve their reading skills through tutoring, instructional materials, summer reading and after-school programs.

Does my child qualify? Scholarships are available to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade public school students who scored a Level 1 or 2 on the grade 3 or 4 statewide reading test.

What is the scholarship value? $500

How do I apply? Visit Step Up for Students.

Opportunity Scholarships

Opportunity Scholarships allows students to attend a higher performing public school in their county. The school district is responsible for providing transportation.

Does my child qualify? Students who are currently attending a failing public school (a school earning an F or three consecutive D grades) are eligible. The Florida Department of Education maintains a list of failing public schools.

How do I apply? Contact your local school district office.

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