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School Choice Scholarships

Florida provides a variety of school choice options, which include K–12 scholarship programs. These scholarship programs allow families choice among public and private schools, empowering them to discover educational options that work best for their student.

Family Empowerment Scholarship

Established during the 2019 Legislative Session, The Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES) provides scholarships for eligible students to attend private schools. This ensures that children whose families have limited financial resources have the opportunity to attend the school that best meets their needs and enables them to reach their academic goals.

This scholarship was formerly know as the Gardiner Scholarship. For more information about the FES, please visit the Florida Department of Education website.

Kindergarten Student

Hope Scholarship

The Hope Scholarship was established to provide public school students who are subjected to an eligible incident the opportunity to transfer to another public school in the district or to request a scholarship to enroll in and attend an eligible school in another district/private school. A student enrolled in a Florida Public School in grades K–12 is eligible for a scholarship under this program if the student reported an eligible incident.

For more information about this scholarship program, please visit the FLDOE website.

McKay Scholarship

Effective July 1, 2022, the McKay Scholarship Program will join the Family Empowerment Scholarship Program under the Unique Abilities category (FES UA). Current McKay families will have the opportunity to remain in their current public or private school choice setting or to utilize the additional options available under the FES UA education savings account model to further customize their child's education experience for their specific needs.

For more information about this transition, please visit the FLDOE website.