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Step Up For Students: 2021-22 Income-Based (FTC & FES)

Renewal families may apply now for a 2021-22 income-based scholarship.

As a reminder, both Florida Tax Credit Scholarship students AND Family Empowerment Scholarship students MUST apply to renew their scholarship for the 2021-22 school year.

  • RENEWAL students (funded in 2020-21) may apply NOW. (Please use Google Chrome when applying.)
  • NEW students may apply sometime in March 2021.
    • Please continue to monitor your email for updates on when the income-based scholarship application will be available for new families.

Due to increased volume to our site, you may experience issues logging in to your Step Up account. If you encounters any issues, please check back at a later time. 


  • Both income-based scholarships are once-in, always-in programs meaning students who received scholarship funding through the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship or the Family Empowerment Scholarship for the current school year (2020-21) may be automatically eligible for a scholarship for the upcoming school year (2021-22) as long as an application is submitted for the 2021-22 school year.
  • The 2021-22 application for both income-based scholarships is the same.
    • When completing the application, families should ensure all income-based scholarship students are listed as ‘students,’ regardless of which scholarship they had the previous school year.
    • Family Empowerment Scholarship renewing families MUST include a valid Social Security Number for all students and parents on the application. 
  • In order to submit an application, families will be asked to attach supporting documentation. The information is being collected for data purposes only.
  • Siblings added to a renewal student’s application may also be automatically eligible for an income-based scholarship. Siblings of current income-based scholarship students will receive priority over new students; however, space is limited so please submit your application as soon as possible.

For questions, please contact us via email at, or call our Service Center at 877-735-7837, Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET. 

Thank you,

Step Up For Students

Please note: This message does not apply to the Gardiner Scholarship Program (for children with certain special needs) or the Hope Scholarship (for students who are bullied).

P.S. – Help us spread the word: Do you know someone who might benefit from a Step Up For Students Scholarship for the 2021-22 school year? Tell them to visit to learn more. 

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