What is the Louisiana Scholarship Program?

The Louisiana Scholarship Program is a program designed to provide students with additional opportunities to attend the school of their choice. Applicants are eligible to receive state-funded Scholarships to enroll in participating nonpublic schools or high performing public schools.

When can I apply?

  • January 10th: Parents can begin applying for a Scholarship
  • February 24th: Deadline for parents to apply for a Scholarship
  • Month of April: Department mails and emails Main Round notification letters

Current Scholarship Students

Want your child to stay at his or her current school? No problem!
If your current school serves the grade your student will enter in 2017-2018, you are guaranteed a seat if you wish to return.

If you wish for your child to return to his/her current school, no action is required on your part.
To apply to a school other than your current school, follow the instructions for Eligibility Requirements for New Applicants below.

Students in Terminal Grades

Please be sure to submit an application if the school your student attends does not serve the grade your student will be in next year. For example, if your current school serves K-8, a new application must be submitted for students who will be in 9th grade next year.

Eligibility Requirements for New Applicants

To Be Eligible for a Scholarship, your child must:

  • Be a resident of Louisiana.
  • Be entering grades 1-12 or entering kindergarten for the 1st time.
  • Have attended a “C,” “D,” “F,” or “T” school for the 2016-2017 school year, or is attending kindergarten for the first time.
  • Have a family household income that meets the requirements below:

How Do We Apply?

To apply to schools located in New Orleans, submit an application through OneApp. To learn more, please visit www.enrollnola.org or visit any OneApp Family Center:

New Orleans East Location
FRC @ Livingston Collegiate Academy
7301 Dwyer Rd. 70126

Uptown Location
FRC @ Crocker Elementary
2300 General Taylor St. 70115

Westbank Location
FRC @ OPSB Central Office
3520 General DeGaulle Dr., Suite 1101 70114

Can I apply to a school outside of Orleans Parish?

Yes, you can apply to schools outside of Orleans Parish. The application period for schools outside of Orleans Parish will begin in January 10, 2017.

Families have two options to submit an application for schools outside of Orleans Parish:

  1. Families can submit an initial application online, followed by confirming their eligibility at a school site.
  2. Families can submit a paper application and confirm their eligibility at a school site.
Paper applications can be found by clicking here or at a participating school.

Which schools are participating?

Click here to download the current list.

If my child was not enrolled in a public school during the 2014-2015 school year, can he/she still apply?

  • Eligible students entering grades 1-12 must have attended a school with a grade of C, D, F or T during both the October 1, 2016 AND February 1, 2017 public school count dates. Students who did not attend such school on those count dates will not be eligible for a Scholarship.
  • Students applying to kindergarten must be entering kindergarten for the first time and must be 5 on or before September 30, 2017.
  • Because eligibility will be determined after the application window has closed, the Louisiana Department of Education cannot guarantee your eligibility at the time of submission.
  • Being determined eligible does NOT guarantee a seat at a Scholarship school.

What is accepted for proof of income?

In order to be eligible to receive a Scholarship, families must submit proof of income by bringing one of the following documents to the first choice school site listed on their application.

The following documents are accepted for INCOME verification:

  • 2015 Federal Tax Return, total income
  • Most recent unemployment compensation statement
  • Alimony as shown in court decree or agreement
  • Most recent W-2s from all employers
  • Most recent pension statements
  • Most recent Social Security benefits statement
  • SNAP Benefits
  • Louisiana Purchase Card Budget Sheet or Benefits Statement

How do I show proof of residency?

In order to be eligible to receive a Scholarship, families must submit proof of residency by bringing one of the following documents to one of the schools listed on their application.

The following documents are accepted for RESIDENCY verification:

  • Rental lease agreement or mortgage Electricity/Gas Bill
  • Telephone Bill (Must be a landline - cellular phone bills will not suffice)
  • Cable/Internet Service Bill
  • Sewage/Water Bill
  • Current Official Letter from a Government Agency (DSS, DHH)
  • Homestead Exemption Notice
  • Property Tax Notice
  • If a family does not own or rent the home they live in (for example, they are temporarily staying with relatives during a housing search) the owner/renter of the house they are living in must submit a notarized letter confirming the family lives with them. They will also be required to submit proof of residence in that person’s name.

Does it matter how quickly I apply?

No. There is no preference for early applications. All qualified applicants who meet the deadline will have an equal chance of selection, regardless of whether they are the first or the last to submit an application.

Do I need to turn in an application at each school I rank on my application?

No. You only need to turn in one application. You may rank up to five schools on your application, and our matching program will determine which school your child matches with. You only need to submit one application, no matter how many schools you rank.

What will the program cost me?

The program is free to all qualifying students. For nonpublic schools, the Scholarship will cover the full amount of a school’s tuition and required fees, up to the maximum state allocation per student. However, we encourage you to reach out to schools of interest to see what services are included.

Public schools will receive the full value of the maximum state allocation.

Funds will be paid directly to the school on behalf of the student. Uniforms and any optional fees, including field trips and lunch (if school does not participate in the free and reduced-price lunch program) will be your responsibility.

Where can I find a list of C, D, F or T schools?

Click here to download the list.

Do all students who apply to the program receive Scholarships?

The Louisiana Department of Education will attempt to place as many applicants as possible in their preferred school choice; if the number of applicants exceeds the number of seats available at a specific school and grade level, then those Scholarship seats will be awarded through an unbiased lottery process. Acceptance in another school may be available on a limited basis and not guaranteed.

Will participating schools provide transportation?

Providing transportation for all Scholarship students is not a requirement of this program. Please check with the participating school of your choice to determine if transportation services are available.

Where can I get more information?

For more information about the Scholarship Program, please visit the program’s website at http://www.louisianabelieves.com/schools/louisiana-scholarship-program, email studentscholarships@la.gov, or call the Louisiana Department of Education’s Help Center at 1.877.453.2721. The Help Center is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

How does this program serve students with disabilities?

The Louisiana Department of Education does not consider a student’s disability when matching students to schools. Some Scholarship schools may offer additional education services for students with disabilities, but all schools must enroll all students awarded, regardless of disability. Please check with the school(s) of your choice before listing it on your child’s application to ensure it is able to meet your child’s needs.

What if my child is entering a grade their current school does not serve?

You must submit a new application and list choices that serve the appropriate grade, but you are not required to resubmit eligibility documentation. Students in transition grades receive preference in the lottery but are not guaranteed a placement. If you do not submit an application, your child will not receive a placement for next year.

Was the scholarship program ruled unconstitutional? 

No. The scholarship program itself is constitutional. The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that the use of the public school funding formula (MFP) to fund the scholarship program was unconstitutional. Therefore, the legislature responded by funding the scholarship program through a line item in the state’s budget.