Listed below are two scholarship opportunities available:
1. ACE Scholarships - accepting applications on March 1, 2019 (Deadline was April 30, 2019)
2. Arete Scholars - accepting applications from March 12-31, 2019 (Deadline was currently March 31, 2019, but is subject to change pending available funds.)
LOUISIANA’S PRIVATE SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The Louisiana Tuition Donation Program allows qualified Louisiana children to receive scholarships to qualified K-12 private schools, allowing parents to choose the school that will best prepare their children for college, careers, and for life. ACE Scholarships Louisiana is a school tuition organization and offers scholarships to qualified children on a first-come, first-served basis for as long as funds are available. Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be available at midnight on March 1, 2019, on their website, www.acescholarships.org. Current ACE Scholarships Louisiana students must complete the online renewal application form that was emailed to you on February 1, 2019, and need to be submitted no later than April 30, 2019.
DOES MY CHILD QUALIFY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP?
1. Your child must be a resident of Louisiana.
2. Your family income is less than the amount listed in the chart below.
3. One of the following statements must be true:
- Your child attended a Louisiana public school during the 2018-19 school year.
- Your child participated in the Louisiana Scholarship Program/Tuition Donation Credit Program during the 2018-19 school year.
- Your child will be attending kindergarten for the first time during the 2019-20 school year.
HOW DO I APPLY?
ACE Scholarships will be accepting applications for the 2019-20 school year on March 1st. The application will open at midnight on March 1st, with a link to the online application form on the homepage of the website. You will need to provide proof of income and proof of residency documents in order for your application to be complete. Scholarship availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis, with priority given to students who received a scholarship in the previous year.
WHO PAYS WHAT?
An ACE Scholarship is worth a maximum of $4,200 per year for grades K-8 and $4,500 for grades 9-12. Scholarship cannot exceed the full amount of tuition and fees at the school. The families are responsible for working out a payment plan with the school for the remainder of tuition.
THE ACE SCHOLARSHIP CAN FOLLOW YOUR CHILD
If your child is awarded a scholarship, those funds are portable during the school year and may be used at any qualifying private school. So, if the private school you select ends up not being the right fit, you can transfer your child to another partner private school, and the scholarship goes with them.
NEW SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED BEGINNING MARCH 12, 2019.
Through the Louisiana Tuition Donation Credit Program (TDC), Arete Scholars provides K-12 scholarships to qualified low-to-moderate-income students, empowering parents to choose the nonpublic school that will best prepare your children for college, careers, and life.
Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to current TDC and Louisiana Scholarship Program students. Award amounts are capped annually at 80% of the state’s per student expense for students in grades K-8 and 90% for high schoolers. For 2019-20, scholarship limits are $4,228.61 for K-8 students and $4,757.18 for grades 9-12.
If your child meets all of the eligibility requirements, you may apply online beginning March 12th at AreteScholars.org. The application link will go live at 9:00AM CST and a $30 application processing fee will apply. In addition to your application, you will need to submit your most recent federal income tax return, all W-2 forms, proof of residency, and supporting documentation for non-taxable income. A complete list of required documents can be found on our website.
The application deadline is currently March 31, 2019, but is subject to change pending available funds. Check AreteScholars.org for updates or changes to the deadline. Funding is limited, and application does not guarantee a scholarship.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT MARY HELEN WIRWA AT MARYHW@ARETESCHOLARS.ORG.