Louisiana is one of the nation’s leaders in educational choice, with the strongest and most transparent academic and financial accountability measures. The Louisiana Scholarship Program allows parents to choose from one of 123 participating private schools that best fits their student’s needs.

Louisiana Scholarship Program

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.

Launched in 2008 in New Orleans, the Louisiana Scholarship Program, formally known as the Student Scholarships for Education Excellence Program, was expanded statewide in 2012.

During the current school year, more than 6,500 students accepted a Scholarship and enrolled in a participating, state-approved private school. 123 nonpublic schools – nearly one-third of eligible schools – currently participate in the program.

Student Eligibility


Family income cannot exceed 250 percent of the federal poverty guideline ($60,750 for a family of four in 2016)


Students must be entering grades K–12


Students must have previously attended a Louisiana public school rated C, D, F or T, or is entering kindergarten for the first time

Apply for a Scholarship

The application window for the 2017-2018 school year has closed. The next opportunity to apply for the 2018-2019 school year will be in the November 2017 (New Orleans) and  January 2018 (Statewide).

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Parental Satisfaction Survey

More than 94 percent of parents participating in the Louisiana Scholarship Program say they are satisfied with every aspect of the program.
Click Here to View the Survey

If you have questions or want additional information, please call 866.402.9947 or send us an email at LouisianaInquiry@federationforchildren.org.