Step Up For Students Applications Are Now Open
Erin Herbert

Step Up For Students is now accepting applications from new families for Income-Based Scholarships (either the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship or the Family Empowerment Scholarship) for the 2021-2022 school year.

New families may APPLY NOW for an income-based scholarship for the 2021-22 school year. (You are a NEW family for the 2021-22 school year if your student did not utilize an income-based scholarship for the 2020-21 school year.) New families should apply here.

Families who have previously received funding through Step Up For Students do not need to re-apply but will instead need to log in to their account to renew their application. You are a renewal family if your child is using a Florida Tax Credit Scholarship OR Family Empowerment Scholarship for the 2020-21 school year. Renewal families can renew their applications here.

We highly encourage all families who are in need of financial assistance to apply. Families who wish to apply for need-based financial aid through Cardinal Gibbons must first apply through a state-funded scholarship program, like Step Up For Students. Upon receiving a decision, please forward a copy of your denial or award letter to so that your state funds can be properly processed or so that your account can be re-evaluated for Cardinal Gibbons sponsored financial aid. 

Please note the following information from Step Up For Students: Please be aware that in order to be eligible for a full scholarship, your application and any supporting documents MUST be submitted by June 1, 2021. Applications submitted after June 1 may be eligible for a partial scholarship.

Funding is limited, and applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis in the order all documents are received.

IMPORTANT: All applications are reviewed to determine a student’s eligibility for the Florida Credit Scholarship and the Family Empowerment Scholarship. On the “application status” screen, you will see the eligibility status for each scholarship. If a student is found eligible for both, you will see the student as eligible for one and declined for the other to ensure a student only receives one scholarship.