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A bill has recently passed which will open the door for more families to apply for a Step Up For Students Scholarship.

Once signed by Governor Rick Scott, the bill will allow K-12 Florida students to apply for a scholarship, regardless of the school they attended the previous school year. This is a major change to the previous requirement which stated that students entering grades 6-12 had to attend a Florida public school the previous school year in order to be eligible for a scholarship.

Families interested in a Step Up For Students Scholarship must still income qualify in order to be eligible. Income requirements are dependent on household size (a family of 4 can make no more than $3,677 gross income per month, which roughly equates to $44,124 per year).

For the 2014-15 school year, the Step Up For Students Scholarship will be worth up to $5,272 per student and is accepted by John Carroll High School.

The bill is expected to be signed by the Governor before July 1. If you qualify, please sign up for the Step Up For Students interest list at to receive updates. Scroll down the home page to the third arrow which states, “Do you have a 6th-12th grade student who may now qualify for a scholarship? If your child is entering grades 6-12 and was in a private school for the 2013-14 school year, there is a bill that, one signed by Gov. Rick Scott, will allow you to apply for a Step Up For Students scholarship for that child. To be notified once the bill is signed, please click here,” and complete the form.

This is an exciting time for John Carroll High School and all other schools that will benefit from this program!

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