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Scholarship school classroomLouisiana 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 more than 130 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 already have – 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. For the 2014-2015 school year, more than 13,000 students applied for a Scholarship and nearly 7,400 students accepted a Scholarship and enrolled in a participating, state-approved private school. 131 nonpublic schools – nearly one-third of eligible schools – are participating in the program in 2014-2015.

Do I Qualify?

  • Do you have a child who is entering kindergarten or attends a Louisiana public school rated C, D, or F?

  • Is your family’s adjusted gross income (the amount you report on your federal income tax form, after deductions) 250 percent of the federal poverty level?

If you answered YES to these two questions, your child is eligible to participate in the Louisiana Scholarship Program.

How Do I Apply?

  • The 2015-2016 Round 2 application period is underway. To apply:

Complete an online application:
Or download a printed application:

  • If you would like to attend a participating school in New Orleans:

You must apply through OneApp, the New Orleans public school enrollment process.
Complete the OneApp online application or download a printed application:

Key Dates

  • April 20th: Round 2 Scholarship school application process begins

  • May 29th: Deadline to submit a Round 2 Scholarship application

  • End of June: Department mails Round 2 notification letters

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