Scholarship Programs

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

Louisiana Scholarship Program

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 during the year in which they apply.

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

How to apply

Applications for the Louisiana Scholarship Program for the 2023-2024 school year will open on December 12, 2022 and close on January 27, 2023.

For the 2023-2024 school year, ALL parishes (including Orleans) will complete one online application through the Louisiana Department of Education. The link to the application will be available on this site on December 12, 2022.

A Parent Webinar will be held on December 6, 2022, to discuss the application process.  A link for the webinar will be available on this site in early November. Please check back for more updates.


If a family submits a complete application, they will receive notice of the determination of the scholarship in late April 2023.

For more information, please see the Scholarship Program FAQs or contact The Office of School Choice at studentscholarships@la.gov.

School Choice Program for Students with Exceptionalities

Students with exceptionalities living in Caddo, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, Lafayette, Orleans, and St. Tammany Parishes are eligible to participate in the School Choice Program for Students with Certain Exceptionalities, which provides families with tuition assistance to attend participating schools that offer programs for Students with Exceptionalities. 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 nonpublic school tuition. Families are responsible for paying the difference if tuition exceeds that amount.

How to Apply

Applications for the School Choice Program for Students with Certain Exceptionalities for the 2023-2024 school year will open on February 1, 2023 and close on March 6, 2023. Families will be required to submit an online application. The link to the application will be available on site beginning February 1, 2023.

A Parent Webinar will be held on January 31, 2023, to discuss the application process.  A link for the webinar will be available on this site in early January. Please check back for more updates.

If a family submits a complete application, they will receive notice of the determination of the scholarship in May 2023.

For more information, please see the School Choice Program FAQs or contact The Office of School Choice at studentscholarships@la.gov.


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;
  • be a resident of Louisiana;
  • have attended a public school on October 1st and February 1st of the most recent school year;
  • be entering kindergarten for the first time; or have participated in the Louisiana Scholarship Program/Tuition Donation Program the previous school year.

Students apply directly to School Tuition Organizations for scholarships. Once a student receives a scholarship, the student then applies directly to one of the nonpublic schools 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.