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.

Louisiana Scholarship Program

Students Enrolled in 2017-2018
Applications Received for 2017-2018
Schools Participating in 2017-2018
Districts with Participating Schools
Average Scholarship for 2017-2018

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.


  • New Orleans 
    The OneApp main round application window for the 2018-2019 school year is Nov. 1, 2017 – Feb. 23, 2018. OneApp is the unified application process for public, charter and Louisiana Scholarship Program schools located in New Orleans. Click here to apply.

  • Outside of New Orleans
    The next opportunity to apply to attend Louisiana Scholarship Schools outside of New Orleans will take place in January 2018.