Florida Tax Credit Scholarship (FTC) & The Family Empowerment Scholarship for Educational Options (FES-EO)
The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship and Family Empowerment Scholarship for Educational Options are state-funded scholarships for students entering grades K5-12 based on a family’s financial need. Visit StepUpForStudents.org to learn about scholarship details and eligibility requirements. If your family meets the requirements, it is important to apply as soon as applications become available each year. Funding is limited and awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Families may sign up at the Step Up website to be notified when applications for funding become available. If awarded a Step Up scholarship, families must submit their award letter to TMA's Finance Office so the child can be properly enrolled in the program.
Starting with the 2021-22 school year, siblings of students participating in the Family Empowerment Scholarship, including siblings of students who are eligible based on a special need and dependent children of a member of the United States Armed Forces, including reservists, are also eligible.
The Family Empowerment Scholarship for Unique Abilities (FES-UA)
The FES-UA Scholarship combines what was formerly known as the Gardiner and McKay Scholarships. The scholarship is structured as an Educational Savings Account (ESA), allowing parents/guardians to customize their student's education and cover multiple expense categories beyond just private school tuition and fees.
This scholarship is for Florida students 3 years old through 12th grade, with one of the following diagnoses: anaphylaxis, Autism spectrum disorder, being a high-risk child, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, emotional or a behavioral disability, hearing impairment, hospital or homebound, identification as dual sensory impaired, intellectual disability, language impairment, muscular dystrophy, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, Phelan-McDermid syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, rare diseases, specific learning disability, speech impairment, Spina Bifida, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment, Williams syndrome.
Visit Step Up for Students to learn about scholarship details and eligibility requirements.
FES-UA scholarship families and students applying for admission to The Master’s Academy must meet the same entrance requirements as all other applicants. Prospective students must meet the academic guidelines set for the G.O.L.D. program; have a current IEP, and current full battery psychological and educational testing. Entrance is also based upon available space.
The Master’s Academy has a limited amount of funds to assist families each year (students in the preschool programs are not eligible for financial aid). This program requires a new application to be filed annually in order to be considered for funding for the upcoming school year.
Eligibility is based in part on income and asset levels during the previous tax year. In order for a family to be considered for financial aid, the student(s) must already be enrolled for the upcoming school year. If your student is not yet enrolled for the upcoming school year, please contact TMA's Office of Admissions at (407) 971-2221 ext. 1820 for enrollment information.
Instructions and FAQs regarding the 2022-23 Financial Aid application can be found here. Please read this document before beginning your application.
Click here to complete your financial aid application between February 1 and March 31, 2022.