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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 Scholarship

Family Empowerment Scholarships are publicly funded scholarships to help families send their child to a participating private school.


Does my child qualify?

To be eligible for this program, your child met at least one of the following criteria:

  • Has an IEP or diagnosed disability as defined by Florida law;
  • Is currently or in the last year was in foster care or out-of-home care;
  • Parent is active-duty military; or
  • Family’s household income is within program limits.

  • Qualifying through a diagnosed disability or IEP:

    The average scholarship amount for a student who has a disability or IEP varies by the student’s education needs, grade level and school district. Families of students with disabilities can pay for a variety of education services, including, but not limited to: private school tuition; tutoring; specialized services like occupational, physical or speech therapy; specialized after-school and summer programs; and instructional materials. Students as young as 3 can qualify for a scholarship.

    Qualifying through military, sibling or foster care:

    The average scholarship amount for students who qualify and do not have an IEP or disability varies by grade level and district. Students can use their scholarship as early as Kindergarten. The scholarship can pay for private school tuition and fees, and digital devices and connectivity if needed.

    Florida Tax Credit Scholrships

    The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program helps families send their child to a participating private school or to a public school outside their assigned school zone.


    Does my child qualify?

    To be eligible for this program, your child met at least one of the following criteria:

  • Entering grades K-12; and
  • Family’s household income is within program limits; or
  • Is currently or in the last year was in foster care or out-of-home care.

  • Students can use their scholarship as early as Kindergarten. The scholarship can pay for private school tuition and fees.

    Qualifying for a transportation scholarship:

    Students who meet additional income guidelines or who are currently or in the last year were in foster care or out-of-home care are eligible to receive a transportation scholarship. A $750 scholarship can be awarded to a student for transportation to a Florida public school that is located outside the school zone which student resides. A student may only use one form of the scholarship, not both.

    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.

    John M. 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. The student 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.

    How do I apply?

    Visit the Florida Department of Education McKay Scholarship Application Page.

    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.

    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 English Language Arts test.

    What is the scholarship value? $500

    How do I apply? Visit Step Up for Students.

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