Louisiana Scholarship Program

The Louisiana Scholarship Program empowers low-income families with the same opportunity as more affluent parents already have – the financial resources to send their child to the school of their choice.

Launched in 2008 in New Orleans, the Louisiana Scholarship Program, formally known as the Student Scholarships for Education Excellence Program, was expanded statewide in 2012. In the third year of the statewide program, nearly 12,000 students applied for a scholarship and 6,700 students accepted a scholarship and enrolled in a state-approved private school for the 2014-2015 school year.  

130 nonpublic schools – nearly one-third of eligible schools – are participating in the program in 2014-2015.

To be eligible for a scholarship, students must have a family income that does not exceed 250% of the federal poverty guidelines and must be entering kindergarten or enrolled in a public school with a C, D, or F grade.

Scholarship students must take the same assessments as students in public schools. Student achievement on these assessments is used to determine the status of a school's continued participation in the program.