Step Up For Students helps administer FOUR scholarship opportunities for Florida schoolchildren.

Families eligible for the income-based Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program have two scholarship options: one that helps cover private school tuition and fees or one that assists with transportation costs to attend a public school in another county. More than 1,800 schools statewide accept this scholarship.

The Gardiner Scholarship helps families customize education plans for their children with certain special needs and is available for qualified Florida students ages 3-22. The scholarship covers over 15 diagnoses, including autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, intellectual disability, spina bifida and traumatic brain injury. Parents can direct scholarship money toward a combination of approved programs and providers that best meet their childrenGÇÖs unique learning needs. These include approved private schools, therapists, specialists, curriculum and technology-even a college savings account.

The Hope Scholarship Program was created by the Florida Legislature in 2018 to provide the parent of a public school student who is bullied or a victim of violence an opportunity to transfer the student to another public school or to request a scholarship for the student to enroll in and attend an eligible private school. To qualify, the incident must have taken place at a public K-12 educational institution, any school-related or school-sponsored program or activity, or while riding on the school bus or waiting at the bus stop.

The Reading Scholarship Accounts is an education savings account program for third-through fifth-grade students enrolled in public schools who scored a 1 or 2 on the grade three or four English Language Arts section of the Florida Standards Assessment in the prior year. The program offers parents access to educational savings accounts, worth $500 each, to pay for tuition and fees related to part-time tutoring, summer and after-school literacy programs, instructional materials and more. Students who are classified as English Language Learners (ELL) and who are enrolled in a program or receiving services that are specifically designed to meet the instructional needs of English Language Learner students are also eligible and will receive priority.

*Children who are in foster care, in out-of-home care or who are homeless also may be eligible for either of these FOUR scholarships. Visit to learn more.

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Data last updated September 6th 2019