Scholarship Opportunities & Tuition Assistance
Every Family in Florida can open the door to a private education
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IT IS OUR PRIORITY TO MAKE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION AFFORABLE FOR YOUR FAMILY
Every Florida resident is eligible for Universal School Choice. We recommend that you apply for any and all options that may apply to your students. Application must be made online annually at www.stepupforstudents.org.
Scholarships for Florida Residents
If you are a resident of the State of Florida, your student is eligible for Universal School Choice. According to the county you reside in, around $7,000.00 or more is available for each student every year from Kindergarten through 12th grade to offset tuition expenses for private schooling.
Step Up for Students is the umbrella program for several different types of funding.
Available to Florida residents, regardless of household income, who are eligible to attend a K-12 public school.*
The scholarship will first pay for the cost of private school tuition and related fees or public school transportation.
$7,800 average amount awarded for private school scholarships for the 2023-24 school year
$750 minimum awarded for transportation scholarships
Florida students who are not full-time private nor full-time public school students now have access to the Personalized Education Program (PEP) through the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program.
*Priority will be given to families whose household income is 400% of poverty or below as outlined in the income priority guidelines.
Applications are processed in the order they are received (including all supporting documentation).
Award amounts are based on the student’s grade level and county.
Renewal students have first priority for programs.
Scholarships can be transferred to other eligible schools if the student moves within the state, or simply wants to attend a different participating private school.
Scholarship payments for private school tuition and fees are sent electronically to the school in which the enrolled child is attending on a quarterly basis. Scholarship payments must be approved by the parent/guardian prior to dissemination of payments.
No state funded scholarship options may be combined.
Please log onto your Step Up For Students account and check your Application Status often. Award letters must be promptly turned in to the PRCA Business Office.
Click here to apply & for income guidelines, FAQ’s, deadlines, and more.
PRCA Tuition Assistance
Lyvonnica McMillian Green Scholarship
Lyvonnica McMillian Green, age 44, of Freeport, Florida, passed away Tuesday, September 13, 2022. She was born April 3, 1978, to Lyvonne and Judy McMillian in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. Lyvonnica was the epitome of “live your life how you want to be remembered!” She loved others no matter who they were. She would take in a homeless family, fight for those who were unable to fight for themselves, and love….she loved hard. To know her was to love her and to be loved by her. She was not naïve by any means but sought to find and bring out the good in every person…most of the time succeeding. A faithful member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Lyvonnica was a leader for advocacy in her community and always looking for ways to serve God through serving others. The heart of Lyvonnica was everywhere, but at the center of her heart was God, her daughter, Lynee, and husband, John. She worked for CHELCO for fifteen years. In her time at CHELCO, she was known as a person who served members, employees, and the community with a big heart. She was also known as a wonderful friend to many. Her caring nature and selfless heart made her easy to talk to about anything. This world is a better place because she was in it. An angel on earth, she has now spread her wings.
Families must be active members of a Trinitarian church.
Families must obtain an annual referral from their pastor.
Families must apply for a Step Up for Students scholarship before receiving in house financial aid.
New students must have an active application and be in the Admission Process while applying for aid.
Families with multiple enrolled children or single parent households are more eligible.
Tuition Assistance decisions are only made after a student has completed the enrollment process, including a family interview, and been accepted.
Apply for a scholarship at www.stepupforstudents.org. This approval process can take 2-6 weeks. See the section on Scholarships for Florida residents link for more details.
Complete the PRCA Lyvonnica McMillian Green Scholarship Application.
The student must submit a one-page essay on what it means to have a servant heart.
Submit the Pastoral Reference form. Parents must regularly attend and be a member of a local Christian, Trinitarian church to be eligible for PRCA aid. (If you have submitted a pastoral reference with your application, you do not have to submit again)
Complete enrollment for your child(ren). A student must be Accepted. This includes payment of enrollment and capital improvement fees.
In recognition of the value of those men and women in a full-time vocational Trinitarian ministry who work to advance the Kingdom of God, PRCA provides this scholarship to enable such persons to obtain a Christian education for their children.
Minister must be the legal guardian of the child(ren) living in their home. Vocational ministers are not necessarily senior pastors, but could fill such full-time roles as associate pastor, youth pastor, children’s pastor, missionary, etc.
The maximum benefit of this scholarship is 50% of the base tuition due for a family. This scholarship is applied after all other scholarships and/or financial aid.
529 Savings Plan
Your 529 Savings Plan can be used to pay for private school tuition. Click here to find out how.