Scholarship Programs

Louisiana offers three scholarship programs that enable families to send their children to the nonpublic schools of their choice.

Louisiana Scholarship Program

The Louisiana Scholarship Program empowers low-income families to access the same opportunities that more affluent families already have by providing them with the financial resources to send their children to the schools of their choice. For the 2016-2017 school year, more than 11,000 students applied for scholarships and nearly 6,900 enrolled in a participated nonpublic school.

To be eligible for a scholarship, students must have a family income that does not exceed 250% of the federal poverty line and must either be entering kindergarten or be enrolled in a public school with a C, D, or F letter grade. 123 nonpublic schools – nearly one-third of eligible schools – are participating in the Louisiana Scholarship Program in 2016-2017.

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Scholarship Program

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To learn more about the Louisiana Scholarship Program, including how to apply for a scholarship, please review the Scholarship Program FAQ.

School Choice Program for Students with Exceptionalities

Students with disabilities living in Caddo, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, Lafayette, Orleans, and St. Tammany Parishes are eligible to participate in the School Choice Program, which provides families with tuition assistance to attend participating schools that offer special needs programs.  Tuition assistance is 50% of the state per pupil funding for the student's school district (approximately $2,500), and cannot exceed the cost of the private school tuition. Families are responsible for paying the difference if tuition exceeds that amount.

To learn more about the School Choice Program, including which schools participate and how to apply, please review the School Choice Program FAQ.

Tuition Donation Rebate Program

The Tuition Donation Rebate Program provides rebates to Louisiana state taxpayers who donate to School Tuition Organizations, which are 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, enrolled in a Louisiana public school, or enrolled in the Louisiana Scholarship Program. Students apply directly to School Tuition Organizations for scholarships. Once a student receives a scholarship, that student then applies directly to the nonpublic school of their choice for enrollment. Parents must pay any tuition and fees not covered by the scholarship.

Louisiana currently has three School Tuition Organizations participating in the Tuition Donation Rebate Program. Please visit Arete Scholars Louisiana, ACE Scholarships Louisiana, or New Schools for Baton Rouge Excellence Scholarship Fund for more information, including both how to donate and how to apply for scholarships.

To learn more about the Tuition Donation Rebate Program, please review the Tuition Donation Rebate Program FAQ.