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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 of 136 participating private schools across 36 parishes that best fits their student's needs.

Louisiana Scholarship Program
The Louisiana Scholarship Program (formally Student Scholarships for Academic Excellence) was created in 2008 to serve low and middle-income families in Orleans Parish. The program allows eligible parents to receive school vouchers to send their children to a participating private school of their choice.  In April 2012, the LSP was expanded to low and middle-income families throughout the entire state as a result of the passage of House Bill 976. Louisiana's Legislators fully funded the program for the 2013-2014 school year during the 2013 regular legislative session.

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?

  • Go to to see participating schools, applications and additional information.

  • Main Round application period for the 2015-2016 school year:

    • New Orleans via OneApp: November 3, 2104 - February 27, 2105

    • Louisiana (outside of New Orleans): January 12, 2015 - February 27, 2015

  • After the application process is completed and eligibility is determined, the Department of Education will identify scholarship recipients through a prioritized lottery process.

  • Families will receive scholarship notification letters the week of April 6, 2015.

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