The Step Up for Students program offers an educational opportunity to low-income families by providing children with educational scholarships so they can attend a private or public school of their choice. Under this program, students receive scholarships of up to $7,111 to attend an eligible private school. Scholarships are awarded to students with households that qualify per the program specifications and who successfully complete the application process by the deadline. Because the tuition at Monsignor Pace High School exceeds the $7,111 amount of the scholarship, the household is responsible for the additional charges. All households must remain current with their payments for any fees owed, not including the scholarship payments. Failure to pay a balance owed may result in the school suspending or expelling your student. If the student is expelled they will no longer be eligible for the scholarship. The Step Up for Students program will not renew or transfer scholarships while money is owed to the school. Please refer to the Step Up for Students website for more information and eligibility requirements. You may direct any questions to 305-623-PACE ext. 342.Find Out More
The AAA Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships solely to qualifying low-income, disabled and/or displaced students. The typical AAA Scholarship student is an ethnic minority living with a struggling single parent/caregiver in a high crime community. More than 85 percent of AAA scholarships are distributed to children at or below 185 percent of poverty. Many children are either below grade level, failing at their previous school or both when they receive a scholarship. Parents, who find their children in these circumstances and are concerned about their future, look for viable options. They seek an atmosphere that challenges their child and will reverse inadequate learning, social patterns and the potential lifelong negative impact. They wish to change their child’s learning environment, acquaintances and the unfortunate predictable outcomes associated with school failure.Find Out More
The Gardiner Scholarship Program provides eligible students a scholarship that can be used to purchase approved services or products in order to design a customized educational program for the student. Scholarships can be used for tuition at an eligible private school. To be eligible to receive a scholarship a student must meet the following eligibility criteria:
• Is a resident of this state;
• Is or will be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 1 of the year in which the student applies for program participation, or is eligible to enroll in kindergarten through grade 12 in a public school in this state;
• Is the subject of an IEP written in accordance with rules of the State Board of Education or with the applicable rules of another state or has received a diagnosis of a disability from a physician who is licensed under chapter 458 or chapter 459, a psychologist who is licensed under chapter 490, or a physician who holds an active license issued by another state or territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
4. Has a covered disability
In order to be eligible for the McKay Scholarship Program, a student must apply for the program prior to withdrawing from public school. The student must also have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) with an initial evaluation and:
• Have attended a Florida public school the year prior to applying;
• Have been enrolled and reported for funding in a Florida public school during the October and February Florida Education Finance Program surveys (Grades K-12); or
• Have attended the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind during the preceding October and February student membership surveys (Grades K-12).
If your child meets the eligibility requirements, you may apply for a scholarship by clicking here. If your child does not meet these requirements but has an IEP and is a dependent child of a member of the United States Armed Forces who transfers to a school in Florida from out of state or from a foreign country pursuant to a parent’s permanent change of station orders the child may be eligible for a McKay Scholarship.