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. For the 2015-2016 school year, more than 12,000 students applied for a Scholarship and nearly 7,200 students accepted a Scholarship and enrolled in a participating, state-approved private school.  
121 nonpublic schools – nearly one-third of eligible schools – are participating in the program in 2015-2016.
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.

Schools seeking to participate in the Louisiana Scholarship Program in the 2017-2018 school year must complete the Notice of Intent by Monday, October 3rd, 2016.