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Oftentimes, families will say private education is too expensive for them. While private Christian education at CTK is certainly not cheap, there are scholarships and tuition assistance funds available for families. During the 2019-20 school year, students in CTK grades K - 8 have received over $800,000 in taxpayer-funded scholarships and CTK tuition assistance awards.
Florida Tax Credit Scholarship - 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 will begin accepting applications for existing renewal students in January 2020 and then will begin accepting applications for new students early March 2020.
For more information about Step Up for Students Tax Credit Scholarship click here.
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.
A student is eligible for the FES program if the student meets the following criteria:
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 IF -
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
and if the student
is eligible to enroll in kindergarten
OR if the student has spent the prior school year (2019-20) in attendance at a Florida public school.
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 Gardiner Scholarship program - The Gardiner Scholarship is for families with children of certain special needs. The Gardiner 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.
The Gardiner Scholarship amount varies according to grade and county of residence. The average amount for most students in the 2019-2020 school year was $10,400.
For more information about the Gardiner Scholarship, and to apply, 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.
McKay Scholarship - The McKay Scholarship for Students with Disabilities Program, provides scholarships for students with disabilities to attend an eligible public or private school of their choice. For a list of disabilities recognized by the McKay Scholarship please click here.
Any parent of a student with a disability who has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 accommodation plan may receive a McKay Scholarship if the student meets the following requirements:
The student has spent the prior school year in attendance at a Florida public school, or
The student received services under the Specialized Instructional Services (SIS) program during the previous school year and has a current IEP developed by the local school board in accordance with State Board Rule or a 504 accommodation plan, or
The student is a foster child or is a dependent child of a member of the United States Armed Forces who transfers to Florida from out of state due to a parent's permanent change of station orders, and
The parent has notified the school district in a manner that creates a written or electronic record of the notification (this is done by filing intent on the School Choice website) at least 60 days prior to the date of the first scholarship payment, and
The parent has obtained acceptance for admission of the student to a private school that is eligible for the program.
To apply for the McKay Scholarship parents may file intent to participate on the School Choice website by clicking on the McKay Scholarship link, selecting the "Parents" button, and then the link titled "Apply for a McKay Scholarship" located on the quick navigation bar on the left-hand side of the screen.
For more information about the McKay Scholarship please click here.
If additional assistance is needed, parents may contact the Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice at 1-800-447-1636.
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 two additional options to parents should this be the case. For more information about those options please click here.
For the application to apply for the CTK Tuition Assistance Program please click here.