Family Empowerment Scholarship

Family Empowerment Scholarship Program

What is the Family Empowerment Scholarship?

The Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES) Program is one of Florida’s greatest victories for low-income and working-class families, and it is the first of its kind to extend support to middle-income families.

Who is eligible?

A student meeting the following criteria is eligible:

  • 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.

What are the requirements?

  • 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.
  • A sibling of a student who is participating in the scholarship program under the above eligibility criteria is eligible for a scholarship if the student resides in the same household as the sibling.
  • Prior to scholarship funds being awarded, the student must be accepted and enrolled in a participating private school. 

How do I apply?

Parents who meet the eligibility requirements above and are interested in applying for the FES should first contact one of Florida’s two approved scholarship funding organizations (SFOs) to complete the income verification process.

A.A.A. Scholarship Foundation- FL, LLC
P.O. Box 15719, Tampa, FL 33684
Phone/Fax: 888-707-2465

Step Up For Students
P.O. Box 54367
Jacksonville, FL 32245-4367

For questions relating to the scholarship, parents may contact Camille Batory, Coordinator of Student Assignment for the School District of Indian River County at 772-564-3145 or

Where can I find more information?

Family Empowerment Scholarship webpage

Step Up for Students

AAA Scholarship Foundation