Scholarship Programs

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

Louisiana Scholarship Program

Awards have been made for the 2021-2022 school year. All families who have provided an email address have received notification. For those students who were granted an award, schools have contacted families regarding registration with more details. Registration deadline is July 7th, 2021. 

Students who were determined to be eligible but were not given an award will be placed on a waitlist. Schools will contact families if they are awarded off the waitlist.

The Louisiana Scholarship Program (LSP) is designed to provide students with additional opportunities to attend the school of their choice.

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.

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

How to apply

Families in Orleans Parish can apply through the NOLA Common Application Process (NCAP). Applications are open in Orleans Parish from November 1st, 2021 to January 21, 2022.

Families outside Orleans Parish can apply here. Applications are open from December 13, 2021 through January 28th, 2022.

Please see this presentation for additional guidance on how to apply and verify your eligibility.

Please note that eligibility must be verified in addition to submitting an application. For more information, please see the Scholarship Program FAQs.

School Choice Program for Students with Exceptionalities

Students with disabilities living in Caddo, Calcasieu, 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 Credit Program

The Tuition Donation Credit Program empowers Louisiana families with the financial resources to choose the school that best prepares their child for college and careers.

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.

For more information on the School Tuition Organizations participating in the Tuition Donation Credit Program, use the following links:

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