What is the Louisiana Scholarship Program?
The Louisiana Scholarship Program is a program designed to provide students with additional opportunities to attend high quality schools. Applicants are eligible to receive state-funded scholarships to enroll in participating nonpublic schools. Who is eligible for the program?
The statewide program is open to students entering kindergarten through grade 12 who meet the following criteria:
How do we apply?
- Resides in Louisiana.
- Is a member of a family with a total income that does not exceed 250% of the federal poverty level. FAMILY INCOME LIMITS ARE AVAILABLE HERE.
- Enrolled in a C, D or F public school for the 2013-2014 school year. To check your child's public school letter grade, click HERE.
- Students who will be attending kindergarten for the first time this fall may also apply, assuming they meet they meet income and residency requirements.
First, you will need to get an application (which you can download HERE
or pick-up from any participating school). You will then need to submit your completed application:
- In person at your first choice school.
Additionally, you will need to bring proof of residency and income to you first choice school, regardless of how you apply.Which schools are participating?
An updated list of schools will be listed here by April 21. If my child is not enrolled in a public school this year, can he/she still apply?
Only students who meet the residency and income requirements and are attending a “C,” “D,” or “F” public school this school year are eligible to apply. The only exception is that all incoming kindergarten students who meet the income and residency requirements are also eligible. What is accepted for proof of income?
If you participate in any one of these Federal Assistance programs, you meet the income requirement of the scholarship program. When you turn in your application, please bring any one of the following:
- Louisiana Purchase Card
- SNAP Benefits
- Social Security Benefits
If you do not participate in a Federal Assistance program, you will need to provide proof of income for every member of your household. This can consist of any of the following:
How do I show proof of residency?
- Federal Tax Return
- W-2s from all employers for the period ended December 31, 2013
- Unemployment compensation statement for the period ended December 31,2013
- Alimony as shown in court decree or agreement
- Social Security benefits statement for the period ended December 31, 2013
- Pension statements for the period ended December 31, 2013
Bring any of the following forms to one of three family resource centers listed above:
Can I apply to a school outside the parish in which I reside?
- Rental lease agreement or mortgage agreement
- Electricity/Gas Bill
- Telephone Bill
- Cable or Internet service bill
- Sewage/water bill
- Current Official letter from a Government Agency (DSS, DHH)
- Homestead Exemption Notice
- Property Tax notice
Yes.I live outside Orleans Parish but would like to apply to a school in Orleans Parish. Which application do I complete?
Fill out your application based on which parish the school resides in. To apply for a school in Orleans Parish, fill out a OneApp by clicking HERE
To apply for a school outside Orleans Parish, click HERE
. When can I apply?
Round two of the application process begins April 21. The deadline for submitting your application is May 9. You must also present your residency and income information IN PERSON before this date.. Does it matter how quickly I apply?
No. There is no preference given for early applications. All qualified applicants who meet the May 9 deadline will have an equal chance of selection regardless of whether they are the first or last to register. Do all students who apply to the program receive scholarships?
The Louisiana Department of Education will attempt to place as many applicants as possible in their preferred school choice; if the number of applicants exceeds the number of seats available at a specific school and grade level, then those scholarships seats will be awarded through a lottery process.My child already participates in the scholarship program. Do I need to fill out an application or additional paperwork?
You do not need to fill out an application or do any additional paperwork if you wish to stay at your current school.
If you wish to transfer schools, you will need to fill out a new application. Will participating schools provide transportation?
Providing transportation for all scholarship students is not a requirement of this program. Please check with the participating school of your choice to determine if transportation services are available.When will I be notified if my child has received a scholarship award?
Notification letters will be mailed out by the Department of Education the week of April 21.
What if I submit an application but do not receive a match?
There are two separate application rounds. The first round runs from January 13 – February 28. The second round runs from April 21 – May 9. If you participate in the first round of application and do not receive an award, you do not have to submit another application to participate in the second round. Your application will be rolled over, and you are not required to complete any additional paperwork. However, if you would like to change your school choices, you can do this online HERE
or at the school of your first choice (Click here for the list
If a student is not matched to a school listed on their round 2 application, they will remain assigned to their current school.
If a student is not matched to a school listed on their round 2 application, they will remain assigned to their current school.My child was recently awarded a scholarship for the 2013-2014 school year. How long do I have to register them at their school?
If you receive a scholarship award the week of June 24, the deadline to enroll your child in his or her matched scholarship school is July 9. I have a special needs child. Are participating schools required to provide special education services to scholarship students requiring special education services? What schools offer special needs services?
The Louisiana Department of Education does not consider a student’s disability when assigning students to schools. Some nonpublic schools may offer additional education services for students with disabilities, but all schools must enroll all students awarded, regardless of disability. Please check with the school of your choice before applying to ensure it is able to meet your child’s needs. Was the scholarship program ruled unconstitutional?
No. The scholarship program itself is constitutional. The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that the use of the public school funding formula (MFP) to fund the scholarship program was unconstitutional. Therefore, the legislature responded by fully funding the scholarship program through a line item in the state’s budget.
Why has the timeline changed for learning about my scholarship award?
A federal judge granted a big win for parents on April 7. He ruled that the U.S. Dept. of Justice does not have the ability to deny students the right to participate in the Louisiana Scholarship Program, but the ruling also means DOJ can review all scholarship awards before they go to families. Because of this review process, the date for learning about your award, as well as the date for applying during the second round, was pushed back.