Step Up for Students / Private School Scholarships (FTC/FES-EO)

Education isn’t one-size-fits-all. Just as every student is different, every classroom is different, and every school is different. Students learn best in an academic environment that is best suited to their learning needs.

Step Up For Students supports Florida students and families in building a stronger future through personalized education. Our scholarships open doors with private school tuition assistance and help cover the cost of traveling to a different public school.

Opportunities available through:
The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship (FTC)The Family Empowerment Scholarship for Educational Options (FES-EO)Scholarships for Private SchoolsK-12 students who meet the income or other eligibility requirements receive a scholarship worth an average of $7,700 to attend a private school that best meets their academic needs.

The scholarship can be used for tuition along with other related expenses such as registration, books, testing and other fees.

Family Empowerment Scholarships - Unique Abilities (FES-UA)

Children with unique abilities may have different needs when it comes to their education. And we believe they deserve an opportunity to thrive and learn in an environment that will best support their success. The Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities (FES-UA) enables families to personalize the education of their students by directing funds to where they’re needed most. The funds can be used for a combination of programs and approved expenses including therapists, specialists, curriculum, private school, a college savings account, and more.  


VPK is a free educational program that helps your child be ready for kindergarten. VPK helps build a strong foundation for school using educational materials appropriate for different stages in your child’s development.

VPK | Florida Office of Early Learning

School Readiness /After-School Program

Florida’s School Readiness Program offers financial assistance to low-income families for early education and cares so their young children can do well in school in the future and the families can become financially self-sufficient.

School Readiness | Florida Office of Early Learning