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What Is The John McKay Scholarship Program?

This program is part of the school choice initiative through the Florida Department of Education. The McKay scholarship is available for eligible students with disabilities to attend an eligible public or private school of their choice. Students must have a documented disability such as intellectual disability, a speech or language impairment or specific learning disability.

Who Is Eligible For A McKay Scholarship?

Any parent of a public school student with a disability who has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and who is dissatisfied with the student’s progress may receive a McKay Scholarship if the student meets the specified criteria listed on the school choice web page (

What Is The Award Amount?

The amount of the scholarship is equal to the amount the student would have received in the public school to which the student is assigned or the amount of the private school’s tuition and fees, whichever is less.

How Do You Apply For The McKay Scholarship?

To apply, visit Click on the McKay scholarship link, and then the link titled “apply for a McKay scholarship” located on the quick navigation bar on the left hand side of the screen. If you need help, please contact the Office Of Independent Education and Parental Choice at 1 (800) 447-1636.

What Is The Deadline To Apply?

The intent to participate in the program must be completed at least 60 days prior to the first scholarship payment. To receive the full scholarship amount you must file your intent:
A full 60 days prior to September 1st.