Family Empowerment Scholarship Program

Family Empowerment Scholarship

The Family Empowerment Scholarship-Educational Options (FES EO) Program was established to enhance Florida’s menu of education options. It will provide children whose families have limited financial resources with the opportunity to attend the school that best meets their needs and enables them to reach their academic goals.

The FES EO provides eligible students a scholarship to attend a private school selected by the parent. A student is eligible for the FES EO if the student meets the following criteria:

  • The student’s household income does not exceed 400% of the federal poverty level ($111,000 for a family of four) or the students 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);
  • OR 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 section 39.01, Florida Statutes;
  • OR The student is a dependent child of a member of the United States Armed Forces or a law enforcement officer.
  • Prior to scholarship funds being awarded, the student must be accepted and enrolled in a participating private school. For a list of eligible schools, please view the Department’s Private School Directory. A private school that is currently eligible to participate in any of the scholarship programs is eligible to participate in the FES EO; however, parents should contact the school to inquire as to whether the private school will participate in the program.

Parents who meet the eligibility requirements above and are interested in applying for the FES EO should first contact one of Florida’s two approved scholarship funding organizations (contact information below) to complete the income verification process.

FES EO also offers families of eligible students the option to receive a $750 scholarship to provide transportation to a public school different from the school to which the student was assigned.

For more information, please visit the Department of Education website at .

How do I apply?

If you are interested in applying for either the Family Empowerment Scholarship for Educational Options or the Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities, please contact one of the two scholarship-funding organizations that administer these programs:

A.A.A. Scholarship Foundation- FL, LLC
P.O. Box 15719, Tampa, FL 33684
Phone/Fax: 888-707-2465
[email protected]

Step Up For Students
P.O. Box 54367
Jacksonville, FL 32245-4367
[email protected]

Kim Bays
Director, Guidance and Choice Department
[email protected]
(904) 547-7752

Dana Kirkwood
Executive Secretary
Guidance and Choice Department
[email protected]
(904) 547-7754

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