New families may APPLY NOW for an Income-Based Scholarship for the 2021-22 school year.

New families may now apply through Step Up For Students for an income-based scholarship (either the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship or the Family Empowerment Scholarship) for the 2021-22 school year.

Upon review of a family’s application and supporting documents, Step Up For Students will determine if the student qualifies for either the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship or the Family Empowerment Scholarship. 

IMPORTANT:Please be aware that in order for a student to be eligible for a full scholarship, applications and any required supporting documentation MUST be submitted by June 1, 2021.Applications submitted after June 1 may be eligible for a partial scholarship.
Please keep in mind:

  • Step Up For Students is required by law to give priority to lower-income families. Any family with an income greater than 185% will be placed on a waitlist until available funding is determined. Please visit our site to view these guidelines.
  • Note: If a family’s income is found to be over 260% but under 375% the Federal Poverty Guidelines, the student is not eligible for the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship but may be eligible for the Family Empowerment Scholarship. 
    • All students applying for a Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES) and parents on application MUST include a valid Social Security Number to be eligible.

Helpful Information:

  • We strongly recommend families use Google Chrome as their browser when applying or navigating their Step Up For Students account.
  • Schools MAY NOT ask for, or require, a parent to provide their username or password in order to access the student’s scholarship account
  • Parents can upload documents immediately to their online application. They can also submit required documents via fax.

For questions, please contact us via email at, or call our Service Center at 877-735-7837, Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET.