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 128 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 7,100 students accepted a Scholarship and enrolled in a participating, state-approved private school. 119 nonpublic schools – nearly one-third of eligible schools – are participating in the program.

Student Eligibility


Family income cannot exceed 250 percent of the federal poverty guideline ($60,625 for a family of four in 2015)


Students must be entering grades K–12


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

Participating Schools

There are 128 participating schools located in 32 Louisiana school districts.

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Louisiana Scholarship Program Family FAQ
Everything you need to know about the application process.
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If you have questions or want additional information, please call 866.402.9947 or send us an email at LouisianaInquiry@federationforchildren.org.