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What Are the Alternatives to the Step-Up Scholarship?

What are the alternatives to the stepup scholarship

What are my alternatives to Step Up Scholarship? Since its introduction, the Florida Scholarship program has provided families with greater educational options by funding private school tuition for low-income students attending private schools. Though initially supporting only 750 children, today it is one of the nation’s largest scholarship programs and helps thousands of students realize their academic potential across Florida and nationwide. Step Up for Students manages these funds on behalf of the state via contracts between themselves and Step Up.

The organization provides four scholarship programs to aid lower to middle income families: Florida Tax Credit Scholarship for lower to middle income households; Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities (FES-UA), targeted toward students with unique abilities; Hope Scholarship (for public school students who have experienced bullying, violence or other adverse educational circumstances); Reading Scholarship Accounts (RSAs), designed specifically for kindergarten through fifth grade public school students who struggle with reading; each scholarship has specific eligibility requirements, funding usage policies and award amounts.

Families eligible to use funds from the FTC Program can use their scholarship money for any private school that accepts it – including religious schools. With FES-UA and Hope scholarships, this funding may also cover transportation or educational expenses while with RSA funds they could even go toward tutoring programs, literacy materials or similar purposes.

Families interested in receiving scholarships must apply through scholarship-funding organizations (SFOs). There are currently two such SFOs – Step Up for Students and AAA Scholarship Foundation. Step Up is currently accepting applications while AAA will start later this spring; families may submit multiple or select just one; enrollment at participating private schools is subject to limitations.

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