The publicly funded Louisiana Scholarship Program is designed to provide students with additional opportunities to attend the school of their choice. Student applicants are eligible to receive state-funded scholarships to enroll in participating nonpublic schools or high-performing public schools.
Louisiana Scholarship Program
- 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
- Family income cannot exceed 250 percent of the federal poverty guideline ($61,500 for a family of four in 2017)
- Entering grades K–12
- Attended a Louisiana public school rated C, D, F or T, or entering kindergarten for the first time
- Launched in 2008 as the Student Scholarships for Education Excellence Program (New Orleans only), expanded statewide in 2012.
- New Orleans
The application window for the 2018-2019 school year has closed. The next opportunity to submit applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be in Nov. 2018.
- Outside of New Orleans
The application window for the 2018-2019 school year has closed. The next opportunity to submit applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be in Jan. 2019.