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. This program, established by the Louisiana Legislature, authorizes School Tuition Organizations (STOs) to collect and use taxpayer donations to provide scholarships to students that meet the program's income requirements to attend nonpublic schools. All School Tuition Organizations are tax-exempt, not-for-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status. Taxpayers earn a credit toward their Louisiana state taxes for the year in which they make a donation.

To be eligible for a scholarship from an STO, students must have a family income that does not exceed 250% of the federal poverty line and must be entering kindergarten, currently enrolled in a Louisiana public school, or enrolled in the Louisiana Scholarship Program. Students apply directly to School Tuition Organizations for scholarships. Once they receive a scholarship, students then apply directly to one of the nonpublic schools partnered with the STO 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 $4,200) and 90% of the state average per pupil funding for high school students (approximately $4,700). Parents must pay the difference of any tuition and fees not covered by the scholarship.

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

Taxpayers interested in learning more about donating to a School Tuition Organization should read the Tuition Donation Credit Program FAQ.

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