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Family Empowerment Scholarship

Family Empowerment Scholarship 

The Family Empowerment Scholarship provides eligible students a scholarship to attend a private school selected by the parent.


Eligibility Requirements

Eligible students must meet following requirements: 

  • 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), 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 s. 39.01


  • The student is eligible to enroll in kindergarten or has spent the prior school year (2018-19) 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.


  • 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. However, parents should contact the schools to inquire as to whether the private school will participate in the program.

How to apply

Parents of children who meet these criteria and are interested in applying should:

  1. Visit for more info.
  2. Contact one of two organizations below to complete the income verification process: 
    1. AAA Scholarship Foundation:; 888-707- 2465;
    2. Step Up for Students:; 877-735-7837;

Who to contact

For more info contact, Jacqueline Kelley, DCPS School Choice Director at 904-390-2082 or

Visit for more info.