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Oftentimes, families will say private education is too expensive for them. While private Christian education at CTK is certainly an investment, there are scholarships and tuition assistance funds available for families. During the 2022-23 school year, students in CTK grades K - 8 have received over $900,000 in taxpayer-funded scholarships and CTK tuition assistance awards.
Florida Tax Credit Scholarship (Step Up for Students) - The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program (FTC) was established in 2001 to provide an income tax credit for corporations that contribute money to nonprofit Scholarship-Funding Organizations (SFOs) that award scholarships to students from families with limited financial resources.
The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program no longer requires prior year enrollment in a public school. A student is eligible for a SUFS scholarship, if:
the student is currently placed, or during the previous state fiscal year was placed, in foster care, OR
the student is on the direct certification list or the student’s household income level does not exceed 185 percent of the federal poverty level.
Applications for the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis in the order all documents are received, and funding is limited. Step Up for Students has now begun accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year!
For more information about Step Up for Students Tax Credit Scholarship click here.
Family Empowerment Scholarship for Educational Opportunities - 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.
For the 2021-22 school year, a family of four could have an income of up to $99,375 annually to be eligible for a private school scholarship. The scholarship award is based on where the student lives and their grade level. To view the 2021-22 scholarship award amounts, please click here.
Students entering kindergarten must be 5 on or before Sept. 1.
Students entering first grade must be 6 on or before Sept. 1.
On May 11, 2021, Governor DeSantis signed legislation that expands access to education choice scholarships. These changes went into effect on July 1, 2021. The new legislation allows more families than ever to be eligible for a scholarship, including:
Siblings of students participating in the Family Empowerment Scholarship, including siblings of students who are eligible based on a special need.
Dependent children of a member of the United States Armed Forces, including reservists.
Prior to scholarship funds being awarded, the student must be accepted and enrolled in a participating private school.
Parents who meet the eligibility requirements and want to apply for the Family Empowerment Scholarship need to complete the income verification process through the Step Up for Students Application. You only need to apply once to Step Up and they will determine if you qualify for the FES or the SUFS scholarship.
The FES-UA (Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities) (formerly the Gardiner & McKay Scholarships) - The FES-UA Scholarship is for families with children of certain special needs. The FES-UA Scholarship is different than other state scholarships in that it allows parents to personalize the education of their children by directing money toward a combination of programs and approved providers. These include schools, therapists, specialists, curriculum, technology – even a college savings account.
For more information about the FES-UA Scholarship please click here.
To apply for the FES-UA Scholarship please click here.
The HOPE Scholarship - This scholarship is for public school students who were victims of a bullying at a K-12 school, a school-related or school-sponsored program or activity, or riding in a school bus or waiting at a school bus stop. The Hope Scholarship is not based on financial need. This scholarship gives parents options to place their child in a safer academic environment.
For more information about the HOPE Scholarship, or to apply, please click here.
The AAA Scholarship - The AAA Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships solely to qualifying low-income, disabled and/or displaced students.
AAA Scholarship begins accepting applications in mid-February or March. It may take 10-12 weeks to process your submission and determine your eligibility once all required documents and fee payment (if applicable) is received. If Christ the King knows you are applying for the AAA Scholarship we will work with you , and pro-rate any tuition that may have been paid while waiting for the scholarship approval.
To start your application process please click here.
For more information about the AAA Scholarship please click here.
Christ the King Tuition Assistance Program - Christ the King Lutheran Church and School recognizes that affording a Christian education can be challenging. CTK Church’s tuition assistance program is designed to help families afford Christ-centered education for their children. Those families in need of tuition assistance are asked to first apply for one of the scholarships above to determine their eligibility.
What if a family is not eligible to receive a Florida Taxpayer-Funded Scholarship and cannot afford to pay full tuition? CTK offers options to parents should this be the case. For more information about those options please click here and scroll to the Financial Assistance section.