The State of Florida provides families with several scholarship options to assist with funding for special education. Below you will find a brief overview of each scholarship and a link for more information.
John M. McKay Scholarship for Students with Disabilities Program
Florida’s John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program allows public school students with disabilities or 504 plans to receive vouchers to attend private schools or other public schools. The value of the average voucher is approximately $6,000. You can apply here.
Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program
The Florida Department of Education provides the following information about the Tax Credit Scholarship Program:
To encourage private, voluntary contributions, to expand educational opportunities for children of families that have limited financial resources and to enable children in this state to achieve a greater level of excellence in their education, the Florida Legislature created the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program.
The law provides for state tax credits for contributions to nonprofit scholarship funding organizations, called SFOs. The SFO’s then award scholarships to eligible children of families that have limited financial resources. The tax credit cap for the current year is $357,812,500. The tax credit cap amount will increase to $447,265,625 for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.
Florida Personal Scholarship Account (PLSA)
The Florida Personal Scholarship Account (PLSA) allows parents to better meet the individual educational needs of his or her eligible child. The PLSA provides eligible students a scholarship that can be used to purchase approved services or products through approved providers which includes schools, therapists, specialists, curriculum and technology. The amount of a child’s PLSA is dependent on a number of different factors, including grade level, county of residence, and a student’s individual level of need. The average for the 2014-15 school year is approximately $10,000. Click here for more information.