Wondering How You Can Afford a Private Education? Consider Step Up For Students. - Lakeside Christian School
 

Wondering How You Can Afford a Private Education? Consider Step Up For Students.

Wondering How You Can Afford a Private Education? Consider Step Up For Students.

On October 14, 2020, Step Up For Students announced a monumental milestone. The state-approved nonprofit scholarship funding organization that helps administer five of Florida’s six K-12 scholarship programs had awarded the funding of their one-millionth scholarship. If you’re looking for school options for your child for the 2020-21 school year, now is the time to apply for an income-based scholarship through Step Up For Students in Clearwater, FL.

 

More than 784,000 scholarships have been provided to lower-income Florida students in grades K-12 since 2001, and your child could be next. Read more to learn about what the scholarships can be used for, who is eligible to receive these scholarships, and what makes Lakeside Christian School the number one option out of the Step Up for Students participating schools in Clearwater, FL.

 

Related: Step Up For Students: Your Ticket to Private School Education

 

What Can the Scholarship Funding Be Used For?

Currently, Step Up For Students in Clearwater, FL, offers two income-based scholarships: The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship (FTC) and the Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES). The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship allows you to choose between financial assistance towards private school tuition and fees or transportation costs to attend a public school other than the one your child is assigned to attend, while the Family Empowerment Scholarship only provides financial assistance towards private school tuition and fees. For the purpose of this article, we will only be discussing the money which goes towards private school fees.

 

The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship and the Family Empowerment Scholarship can be used towards the following private school fees, in this order, until the fees are covered or the maximum scholarship amount is reached:

 

  • Tuition
  • Books
  • Registration
  • Transportation
  • Uniforms
  • Testing
  • Other

 

It’s important to note that, although books and uniforms are listed above, both scholarships’ funding may only be used towards books and uniforms sold by the school rather than a third-party vendor.

 

Who is Eligible For These Scholarships?

Eligibility for these scholarships is based on a number of factors, including household income, student age, and where the student currently resides. You may qualify for either FTC or FES if you meet any of the following conditions:

 

  • A member of your household receives SNAP, TANF, or FDPIR
  • Your student qualifies for free or reduced lunch
  • Your household income is at/or below the defined income criteria
  • Your student is homeless
  • Your student is in foster care or out-of-home care

 

Related: What Are the Qualifications and Eligibility Requirements for the Family Empowerment Scholarship?

 

Why Should You Choose Lakeside Christian School?

Out of the extensive list of Step Up for Students participating schools in Clearwater, FL, Lakeside Christian School is the ideal institution for your child because we offer opportunities for individualized education, classes taught from a Christian worldview, and aligned curriculum tailored to the needs of our students. Each of our students benefits from early college preparation, first-rate faculty and staff, and a tight-knit learning community.

 

If you would like to learn more about Lakeside Christian School, one of the Step Up For Students participating schools, please give us a call at (727) 239-7808 or schedule a tour of our campus.

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