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    Florida offers the MOST state scholarships nationwide.

    Learn about our great state
    programs below.
    Income Based
    Income Based
    The Family Empowerment Educational Options Scholarship (FES-EO), is for students K-12 from low-mid income households in the amount of approximately $7,000 for nonpublic school tuition and fees.
    FAQS

    Income Eligibility chart

    new Income Chart

    Disability Based
    disability Based
    The Family Empowerment Unique Abilities Scholarship (FES-UA), is for students ages 3-22 who have a qualifying disability in the amount of approximately $9,000.

    NEW ELIGIBILITIES! See below for the full list.
    FAQS

    Disability list

    new disability list

    • a. Autism Spectrum disorder
      b. Cerebral palsy
      c. Down syndrome
      d. An intellectual disability
      e. A speech impairment
      f. A language impairment
      g. An orthopedic impairment
      h. Another health impairment
      i. An emotional or behavioral disability
      j. A specific learning disability, including, but not limited to dyslexia, dyscalculia, or developmental aphasia
      k. Phelan-McDermid syndrome
      l. Prader-Willi syndrome
      m. Spina bifida
      n. A High Risk Child aged 3-5
      (click here)
    • o. Muscular dystrophy
      p. Williams syndrome
      q. Rare diseases https://rarediseases.org/for-patients-and- families/information-resources/rare-disease-information/
      r. Anaphylaxis
      s. A hearing impairment, including deafness
      t. A visual impairment, including blindness
      u. Traumatic brain injury
      v. Hospital or homebound
      w. Identification as dual sensory impaired
    How can I spend my unique ability funds?
    Click here for instructions.
    A child who has a developmental delay in communication, cognition, or physical development

    new disability list

    • a. Autism Spectrum disorder
      b. Cerebral palsy
      c. Down syndrome
      d. An intellectual disability
      e. A speech impairment
      f. A language impairment
      g. An orthopedic impairment
      h. Another health impairment
      i. An emotional or behavioral disability
      j. A specific learning disability, including, but not limited to dyslexia, dyscalculia, or developmental aphasia
      k. Phelan-McDermid syndrome
      l. Prader-Willi syndrome
      m. Spina bifida
      n. A High Risk Child aged 3-5
      (click here)
    • o. Muscular dystrophy
      p. Williams syndrome
      q. Rare diseases https://rarediseases.org/for-patients-and- families/information-resources/rare-disease-information/
      r. Anaphylaxis
      s. A hearing impairment, including deafness
      t. A visual impairment, including blindness
      u. Traumatic brain injury
      v. Hospital or homebound
      w. Identification as dual sensory impaired
    How can I spend my unique ability funds?
    Click here for instructions.

    Am I Eligible?

    Which Scholarship are you applying for?

    Are you a Florida Resident?

    Is your child in grades K-12?

    Does (or will) your child attend a private school?

    Does your income and household size fall within the current income guidlines?
    (* See attached income chart)


    Are you a Florida Resident?

    Is your child between ages 3-22 years of age?

    Does (or will) your child attend a private or homeschool?

    Does your child have an eligible disablity?
    (* See attached disablity chart)

    new disability list

    • a. Autism Spectrum disorder
      b. Cerebral palsy
      c. Down syndrome
      d. An intellectual disability
      e. A speech impairment
      f. A language impairment
      g. An orthopedic impairment
      h. Another health impairment
      i. An emotional or behavioral disability
      j. A specific learning disability, including, but not limited to dyslexia, dyscalculia, or developmental aphasia
      k. Phelan-McDermid syndrome
      l. Prader-Willi syndrome
      m. Spina bifida
      n. A High Risk Child aged 3-5
      (click here)
    • o. Muscular dystrophy
      p. Williams syndrome
      q. Rare diseases https://rarediseases.org/for-patients-and- families/information-resources/rare-disease-information/
      r. Anaphylaxis
      s. A hearing impairment, including deafness
      t. A visual impairment, including blindness
      u. Traumatic brain injury
      v. Hospital or homebound
      w. Identification as dual sensory impaired
    How can I spend my unique ability funds?
    Click here for instructions.


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    Apply today through Step Up for Students or AAA Scholarships.

    FAQs

    SCHOLARSHIPS 2021-2022

    Income-Based Scholarships

    Designed to give parents on average a $7,000 voucher, to pay for the cost of tuition and fees at a private school. Once a child qualifies, the child will receive the voucher until they graduate from high school if they remain at a Florida private school.

    Where do I apply?
    There are two platforms.  
    a. Step Up- stepupforstudents.org     b. AAA Scholarship aaascholarships.org
    What is the scholarship amount?
    It varies by grade and county. On average the voucher is $7,000 per child.
    Click for income funding amounts
    What are the age limitations?
    A child is eligible who is age 5 by September 1st; entering kindergarten or above.
    How do I determine my household size? 
    Household size is determined by counting all children and adults living in the house who are financially supported. (all the individuals benefits are reported under income eg. pension, retirement, unemployment etc.)
    Do siblings of disability recipients automatically qualify without meeting the income thresholds?
    Yes.
    How can the scholarship be used?
    To pay private school tuition and fees.
    What documents will be requested to show proof of income?
    On Step Up, if you are employed, you can use the last 30-60 days of paystubs. If you are self-employed, a profit/loss statement from the last 30-60 days.  On AAA Scholarship, your 1040 from the most recent tax year showing your wages and tips.*At any time they may request additional documentation.
    What documents do I need to provide to show proof of residency?
    A mortgage document or lease agreement, utility bill, or Florida driver’s license.
    Do I need to reapply every year?
    Yes, but once you receive the scholarship you do not have to qualify under the income guidelines in the following years.
    If I am a renewal family, why are they asking me to provide financial documents?
    You do not have to provide new documentation, but you can upload a document that says, “I qualified in the previousschool year, so I do not need to re-qualify.”
    How can siblings qualify?
    Click here and find out.

    Disability-Based Scholarships

    Designed to give parents an educational savings account to pay for approved services or products to support the education of their special needs child. The scholarship amount varies depending on the severity of the disability. (Scholarship amounts start on average at $9,000). Children as young as 3 can qualify until they turn 22 years of age.

    Family Empowerment (FES) Disability Scholarship: NEW
    Where do I apply?
    There are two platforms.
       a. Step Up- stepupforstudents.org     b. AAA Scholarship aaascholarships.org
    Who is eligible?
    Children aged 3- 22 who have one of the following qualifying disabilities:
    a. Autism Spectrum disorder 
    b. Cerebral palsy 
    c. Down syndrome 
    d. An intellectual disability 
    e. A speech impairment 
    f. A language impairment 
    g. An orthopedic impairment 
    h. Another health impairment 
    i. An emotional or behavioral disability 
    j. A specific learning disability, including, but not limited to dyslexia, dyscalculia, or developmental aphasia 
    k. Phelan-McDermid syndrome 
    l. Prader-Willi syndrome 
    m. Spina bifida 
    n. Is considered a high-risk child 
    o. Muscular dystrophy 
    p. Williams syndrome 
    q. Rare diseases https://rarediseases.org/for-patients-and- families/information-resources/rare-disease-information/
    r. Anaphylaxis 
    s. A hearing impairment, including deafness 
    t. A visual impairment, including blindness
    u. Traumatic brain injury 
    v. Hospital or homebound 
    w. Identification as dual sensory impaired 
    What is the scholarship amount?
    It varies by age, county, and severity of the disability (matrix level). It is on average in the range of $9,000.Click for unique abilities funding amounts
    What documents need to be attached to the application for processing?
    1. Proof of residency 2. Diagnosis letter (Step Up) or Diagnosis Document (AAA) 3. Sworn Compliance Statement.
    What documents do I need to provide to show proof of residency?
    A mortgage document or lease agreement, utility bill, or Florida driver’s license.
    What kind of practitioner can give the disability determination?
    The law states that it needs to either be a medical doctor or a licensed psychologist.
    Can I submit an evaluation from a Speech/Language Pathologist?
    No. A doctor (pediatrician) or psychologist must sign off for the "speech impairment" and "language Impairment" diagnoses.
    Do I need to re-apply every year?
    Yes. You need to reapply each year as a renewal applicant.
    Do I need requalify annually?
    Yes. If your child has a high-risk disability at age 6 they will need to requalify under a different eligiblity.
    How can the scholarship be used?
    As an Educational Savings Account (ESA), it can be used for a variety of uses. (Tuition and fees, specialized services, tutoring- technology tools, or curricula). Click here for instructions on how to spend the scholarship funds
    Can the scholarship be used to pay for preschool tuition?
    If the preschool is an approved provider. It cannot also be used for VPK.
    What is the process of getting my child a matrix review?
    Once a child is conditionally eligible for the award there is an option to request a matrix review. (contact your public school of residence ESE department to make a formal request).
    What happens to students who are currently Gardiner or Mckay recipients?
    Gardiner recipients will be merged into the new FES disability category in the 2021-2022 school year.  Mckay recipients will be merged into the FES disability category in the 2022-2023 school year.
    Which disability recipients will have siblings qualify for the FES income-based scholarship without meeting the income thresholds? 
    In the 2021-2022 school year, only siblings of students in the FES disability category and Gardiner recipients will qualify. Siblings of McKay students will not qualify until the 2022-2023 school year. Learn how siblings can qualify
    When will funds be available?
    You will receive quarterly payments in September, November, February, and April (Reimbursements can be backdated to July 1, 2021).

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