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 7,100 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 ($60,625 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

Apply for a Scholarship

Main Round Application Window: 2017 – 2018 School Year

The Main Round window to apply to attend a Louisiana Scholarship Program school located in Orleans Parish is now open. OneApp, the annual New Orleans school enrollment process, offers parents the opportunity to easily apply to all participating schools using one application. Clicking HERE to begin the application process. 

Families interested in attending a Scholarship school outside of Orleans Parish should visit the Louisiana Department of Education website: http://www.louisianabelieves.com/schools/louisiana-scholarship-program. The statewide application window will open in January 2017.

Learn More

Louisiana Scholarship Program Family FAQ
Everything you need to know about the application process.
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2016-2017 Scholarship School List (Interactive)
View 2016-2017 Scholarship Schools in your area.
Click Here

Parental Satisfaction Survey
More than 93 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.