Florida Tax Credit Scholarship/Family Empowerment Scholarship (Income Based)
The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship and Family Empowerment Scholarship — also called "Step Up For Students" — are state-funded scholarships for students entering grades K5-12 which awards families based on 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.
The McKay Scholarship
The McKay Scholarship is awarded to students with learning disabilities. Parents must file an intent to participate in a private school’s program prior to withdrawing from public school. Get more information on program eligibility. Parents must also notify TMA if their child is a McKay recipient so that the student can be properly enrolled in the scholarship program.
McKay Scholarship families and students applying for admission to The Master’s Academy must meet the same entrance requirements as all other applicants (e.g. Christian testimony and regular attendance at a local Bible-believing church). 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.
Gardiner scholarships are for Florida students three years old through twelfth grade with one of the following disabilities: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, Prader-Willi Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Williams Syndrome, an intellectual disability (severe cognitive impairment), rare diseases as defined by the National Organization for Rare Disorders, Anaphylaxis, deaf, visually impaired, dual sensory impaired, traumatic brain injury, hospitalized or homebound as defined by the rules of the State Board of Education and evidenced by reports from local school districts, or three, four or five-year-olds who are deemed high risk due to developmental delays.
A student cannot receive this scholarship if they are already the recipient of another state-sponsored scholarship (McKay and Step Up). Discover more details about this scholarship.
Gardiner scholarship families and students applying for admission to The Master’s Academy must meet the same entrance requirements as all other applicants (e.g. Christian testimony and regular attendance at a local Bible-believing church). 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.