• Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES) Program

    The Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES) Program was initially established to provide financial assistance to eligible students residing in Florida with limited family income, so they could have access to a private school as an educational choice option. The Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES) is an income-based program that provides financial assistance towards the cost of an eligible student attending a state-approved private school. Florida House Bill 7045 made several changes to the FES Program, and effective July 1, 2021, the FES Program is expanded to include:

    • K-12 students with limited family income.
    • Students that are age 3 or 4 on or before September 1 of the year in which they apply for the scholarship program and have an eligible disability and Individual Education Plan.
    • K-12 students that are (1) eligible to enroll in a Florida public school, (2) have an eligible disability, and (3) have an Individual Education Plan.
    • Dependents of a member of the United States Armed Forces.
    • Siblings residing in the same household with a student(s) participating in the FES Program.
    • Students that are placed in foster care or out-of-home care during the current year or the state’s previous fiscal year.

    Parents/Guardians interested in applying for an FES should contact a state-approved Scholarship Funding Organization (SFO). It is the parents’/guardians’ responsibility to meet all requirements and deadlines specified by the SFO.  State-approved SFOs are listed on the Florida Department of Education’s website at http://www.fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/.

    To learn more about the changes to the FES Program, visit Florida Department of Education's website, www.fldoe.org, or call Sarasota County Schools Office of School Choice, (941) 927-9000, ext. 32258.