The Louisiana Scholarship Program empowers low-income families with the same opportunity as more affluent parents – the financial resources to send their child to the school of their choice.

Program Facts

Students Enrolled in 2016
Applications Received for 2016-2017
Schools Participating in 2016-2017
Districts with Participating Schools
Average Scholarship for 2016-2017

School Requirements

  • Be approved by the state to participate
  • Private schools must be approved by the state to participate; Public schools must be rated “A” or “B” by the state
  • Comply with health and safety codes
  • Must not discriminate on basis of race, color, or national origin
  • Must use an open admissions process in enrolling scholarship recipients
  • Administer all LA state examinations required under the school and district accountability system
  • To remain eligible to accept new students, a private school must receive a Scholarship Cohort Index of at least 50
  • Private schools in operation less than two years cannot have more than 20 percent of students receiving scholarships
  • Submit to the state an annual independent financial audit conducted by a certified public accountant
  • Conduct criminal background checks on all school employees
  • Private schools must maintain a curriculum of quality at least equal to that prescribed for public schools

Student Eligibility

  • Family income cannot exceed 250 percent of the federal poverty guideline ($60,750 for a family of four in 2016)
  • Entering grades K–12
  • Attended a Louisiana public school rated C, D, F or T, or entering kindergarten for the first time

Year Enacted

  • Launched in 2008 as the Student Scholarships for Education Excellence Program (New Orleans only), expanded statewide in 2012.