Family Empowerment Scholarship Program


Family Empowerment Scholarship Program for Students With Unique Abilities 

The Family Empowerment Scholarship Program for Students With Unique Abilities is designed to offer families of students with disabilities, as young as 3 years of age, access to a personal education savings account (ESA) for their student. With an ESA, parents receive a deposit of public funds into government-authorized savings accounts with restricted, but multiple, uses. An ESA can be used to fund not only items such as private school tuition and fees, but also online learning programs, private tutoring, community college costs, higher education expenses and other approved customized learning services and materials.

The FES-UA also provides the student’s parent(s) an opportunity to enroll the student in another public school in the school district or in a public school in an adjacent school district that has available space and has a program with the services agreed to in the student’s IEP already in place.

Families apply and annually renew for participation in FES-UA through one of the approved Scholarship Funding Organization (SFO), which are responsible for determining eligibility, awarding and distributing funding to eligible student accounts, and approving eligible expenditures.

How do I apply?

Scholarship Funding Organizations (SFOs)  

Step Up for Students

Phone Number: 877-735- 7837

A.A.A. Scholarship Foundation

Phone Number: 888-707- 2465

Email Address:

FLDOE School Choice

Email Address:

Florida Department of Education

School Choice Office Main Line: (850) 245- 0502

Toll Free Hotline: (800) 447- 1636