Students who want to attend a Catholic School this fall can apply now for a state-backed scholarship that is expecting its biggest year yet. The scholarship program, run by the nonprofit Step Up For Students under a law called the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship, is currently serving more than 39,000 students in 1,195 different K-12 private schools across the state. For the coming school year, the scholarship will be worth $4,335!
The program is intended to provide a learning option for students from economically disadvantaged households, and enrollment has more than tripled in the past seven years. To qualify, new applicants must meet the household income guidelines for the federal free or reduced-price school lunch program, which is $42,648 annually for a household of four. Previously, all students entering the scholarship in grades 2-12 had to attend a Florida public school the prior year. That requirement now is limited to grades 6-12. In practical terms, this means that any new scholarship student who is entering grades K-5 for the fall will meet the eligibility requirements for the program as long as the household income meets the standard for free or reduced-price lunch.
Applications are available online at http://www.StepUpForStudents.org. Parents who want more information or assistance with the application process can call Step Up For Students at 1-877-735-7837. K-12 scholarships are available on a first-come, first served basis.