Florida private schools are a desirable option for many parents with school-age children. Unfortunately, private school tuition can be very expensive. Many parents are faced with a struggle to afford a private school education. If you are a family in financial need, you can apply for scholarships. A scholarship is similar to a grant. It is free money that never has to be repaid. Florida scholarships cover tuition and other related school expenses, such as books.

Contact the school's office. The best source for financial assistance is the school itself. Many private schools throughout the state of Florida offer reduced tuition or private scholarships to qualified students. If your child excels academically, he may be eligible for a merit scholarship. Be prepared to present financial documents such as your most recent tax return, W-2 forms and pay stubs. If applying for an academic scholarship, gather transcripts and previous report cards.

Go to the Step Up for Students website. The tax credit scholarship program helps cover private school tuition for students in kindergarten through Grade 12. The mission is to help alleviate the educational challenges children face in low-income homes. If approved for the scholarship, you will receive up to $4,106 for private school tuition and books.

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Apply for assistance through the Carrie Meek Foundation. The foundation provides students with money to cover private school tuition based on financial need. Eligible students receive up to $3,950 per child, per year, to cover tuition and books. Over 900 private schools in Florida accept the scholarship.

Submit applications early. Florida assistance funds for private schools are limited. Awards are on a first-come, first-served basis. Pay close attention to the application deadlines to ensure your child will receive assistance for the school year. Make sure all information on the application is accurate. Processing can be delayed due to errors or discrepancies on the application.


If you are enrolling more than one child in a private school, you may be eligible for a multiple child discount. Contact the school directly to inquire.

If you are unable to obtain assistance for a private school in Florida, consider a charter school as an alternative.

About the Author

Jeannine Mancini, a Florida native, has been writing business and personal finance articles since 2003. Her articles have been published in the Florida Today and Orlando Sentinel. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Central Florida.