Louisiana Scholarship Program

School Requirements

  • 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

  • Louisiana resident
  • Household income that does not exceed 250% of the federal poverty guidelines ($64,375 for a four-person household in 2019)
  • Either entering kindergarten, enrolled in a public school with a C, D, F, or T grade on both October 1 and February 1 of the current school year or a continuing Scholarship student

Homeschool students and students in grades K-12 who currently attend nonpublic schools are not eligible.

 

When to Apply

  • The application period for the 2020-2021 school year opens in November (New Orleans) and January (statewide).

Students Enrolled in 2018-2019
Applications Received for 2018-2019
Schools Participating in 2017-2018
Districts with Participating Schools
Approximate Average Scholarship for 2017-2018

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.