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 The John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

The John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program (McKay Scholarship) is a voucher program offered to students in grades K – 12 who have either an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 Accommodation Plan that has been written to be valid for a period of greater than 6 months.

Students who are eligible to participate in the McKay Scholarship Program may exercise three options:

 ·       They may exercise the private school option by using a voucher provided by the Florida Department of Education to enroll in a participating private school of the parent’s choice as per the list of approved participating private schools on the Florida School Choice Website

·         They may exercise the public school option by submitting a McKay Scholarship Program Public to Public Student Transfer Application to request an assignment to a public school in their district other than their district assigned school. (Public School Application)

·         They may, through an Out-of-County Release, attend a public school in another Florida School District.

In order to be eligible for the scholarship, you must apply and meet all eligibility criteria.

How to Apply

  • Step 1 Go to www.floridaschoolchoice.org.
  • Step 2 Click on “McKay Scholarships.”
  • Step 3 Click on “Parents.”
  • Step 4 Click on “Apply for a McKay Scholarship.”
To Withdraw from the Scholarship
If your child has been attending a private school through McKay Scholarship Program and would like to re-enter Duval County Public schools, you must complete the request in writing. This request can be faxed or e-mailed. (Withdrawal Request)
McKay Scholarship Program Important Deadlines*
2016-2017 Payment Period
 Payment Due
 Parental Intent Deadline  
Private School Enrollment Deadline
Attendance Verification Available Online
Attendance Verification Deadline
July 1-Sept 30
September 1
 July 3
 August 2
 N/A N/A
Oct 1-Dec 30
 November 1
 September 2
 October 2
 October 3
 October 7
Jan 1-Feb 28
 February 1
 December 3
 January 2
 January 4
 January 10
March 1-June 30
 April 1
 January 31
 March 2
 March 3
 March 9
*Private schools participating in the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program must meet the deadlines set by the Scholarship Funding Organizations to receive payment.
Please note that the deadlines for filing a parental intent and private school enrollment are statutory deadlines; therefore, the department cannot make exceptions if these deadlines are missed.

Failure to complete attendance verification will result in a postponement of scholarship payments until the next scheduled payment period.

District McKay Contact
Karen Campbell
Department of Education, Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice Information Hotline 1-800-447-1636
Important Links
Department of Education, Office of Independent Education & Parental Choice