2020/21 Family Empowerment Scholarship Program

  • What is the Family Empowerment Scholarship Program?

    The Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES) Program is a state of Florida school choice program. Family Empowerment Scholarships are available for eligible students to select and attend a private school of choice.  To learn more, visit fldoe.org/FES.

    Who is eligible?

    A student is eligible for a scholarship if the student meets the following criteria:

    The student’s household income level does not exceed 300% of the federal poverty level ($77,250 for a family of four) or the student is on the direct certification list (list of children who qualify for the food assistance program, the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program, or the Food Distribution on Indian Reservations program), 


    The student is currently placed, or during the previous state fiscal year was placed, in foster care or in out-of-home care as defined in f.s. 39.01


    The student is eligible to enroll in kindergarten or has spent the prior school year (2019/20) in attendance at a Florida public school. Prior attendance means the student was enrolled in and in attendance at a Florida public school during both the October and February student counts.


    How do I apply?

    To apply for a private school, please contact one of the following nonprofit Scholarship Funding Organizations (SFO): 

    A.A.A. Scholarship Foundation - FL

    Step Up for Students 

  • How much will the scholarship be worth?

    The scholarship amount is the lesser of the school’s tuition and fees or the calculated scholarship amount (described next). The scholarship amount is based upon the grade level and district in which the student resides and will be calculated at 95% of the funds per unweighted FTE full-time equivalent in the Florida Education Finance program for a student in the basic program established pursuant to s. 1011.62(1)(c)1., plus a per-full-time equivalent share of funds for all categorical programs, except for the Exceptional Student Education Guaranteed Allocation.  The Department will post actual scholarship amounts on the page in the near future. 

  • How many scholarships will be available?

    For the 2019/20 school year up to 18,000 scholarships may be awarded.  Beginning in 2020/21, the number of students participating in the scholarship program may increase by .25 percent of the state’s total public school student enrollment.

  • Who will verify my household income?

    An approved non-profit scholarship funding organization will verify your household income. 

Last Modified on October 1, 2020