Tuition Donation Rebate Program

The Tuition Donation Rebate Program empowers low-income Louisiana families with the financial resources to choose the school that will best prepare their children for college and careers. This program provides rebates to Louisiana state taxpayers that donate to School Tuition Organizations, tax-exempt, not-for-profit organizations. School Tuition Organizations use these donations to provide scholarships to students in low-income families.

To be eligible for a scholarship, students must have a family income that does not exceed 250% of the federal poverty line and must be entering kindergarten or must already be enrolled in a Louisiana public school. Students apply directly to School Tuition Organizations for scholarships. Once they receive a scholarship, students then apply directly to the nonpublic school of their choice for enrollment.

School Tuition Organizations determine the amount of the scholarship. Scholarship amounts cannot exceed the lesser of either the school’s tuition and mandatory fees or 80% of the state average per pupil funding for elementary and middle school students (approximately $4,000) and 90% of the state average per pupil funding for high school students (approximately $4,500). Parents must pay the difference of any tuition and fees not covered by the scholarship.

Please read the Tuition Donation Rebate Program FAQ to and Comparison with the Louisiana Scholarship Program to learn more about the Tuition Donation Rebate Program.

If your non-profit organization is interested in becoming a School Tuition Organization, please complete and submit the Notice of Intent to Participate Form to TDRProgram@la.gov

Taxpayers interested in learning more about donating to a School Tuition Organization should read the Donor Pushcard.

Louisiana currently has two School Tuition Organizations participating in the Tuition Donation Rebate Program. Please visit Arete Scholars Louisiana or ACE Scholarships of Excellence for more information, including how to both donate and apply for scholarships.