Louisiana Scholarship Program

The Louisiana Scholarship Program assists families by providing them the financial resources to send their child to the school of their choice, whether a public or nonpublic institution. More than 15 nonpublic schools citywide currently participate in the program.

Qualified Scholarship applicants must verify their eligibility here. 

I just applied for the Scholarship Program, what are my next steps?

Does my child qualify for a Scholarship School?

How does the Scholarship program consider students with disabilities?

My child currently participates in the Scholarship Program. Should I complete an application?

What schools are included next year?

Important Note about the Louisiana Scholarship Program

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I just applied for the Scholarship Program, what are my next steps?

The process to verify is virtual this year.

Click here for the form to submit required documents. 

Note: you can complete this process on a smartphone as well as a computer.

The following documents are accepted for income verification:

  • Most recent Federal Tax Return, total income
  • Most recent unemployment compensation statement
  • Most recent pension statements
  • Most recent Social Security benefits statement
  • SNAP Benefits
  • Louisiana Purchase Card Budget Sheet or Benefits Statement

The following documents are accepted for residency verification:

  • Rental lease agreement or mortgage
  • Electricity/Gas Bill
  • Telephone Bill (Landline ONLY)
  • Cable/Internet Service Bill
  • Sewerage/Water Bill
  • Current Official Letter from a Government Agency (DSS, DHH)
  • Homestead Exemption Notice
  • Property Tax Notice

Does my child qualify for a Scholarship?

Your child should apply for a scholarship if he or she is interested in attending a participating Scholarship school. In order to be eligible to receive a Scholarship you must meet the following requirements:

  • Your child must be a resident of Louisiana.
  • Your child must be either entering kindergarten or enrolled in a public school with a C, D, or F grade on both October 1 and February 1 of the current school year or a continuing Scholarship student
  • Your income must be below the figure listed for your household size.
This chart shows 250% of Federal Poverty Guidelines
Household Size Yearly Income Monthly Income Bi-Weely Income Weekly Income
2 $42,275 $3,523 $1,624 $812
3 $53,325 $4,444 $2,050 $1,025
4 $64,375 $5,365 $2,474 $1,237
5 $75,425 $6,285 $2,900 $1,450
6 $86,475 $7,206 $3,324 $1,662
7 $97,525 $8,127 $3,750 $1,875
8 $108,575 $9,048 $4,174 $2,087
Add this amount for each additional family member $11,050 $921 $424 $212
*Guidelines are updated annually. 2020 Guidelines listed.

How does the Scholarship program consider students with disabilities?

The Louisiana Department of Education does not consider a student’s disability when assigning students to nonpublic schools. Some nonpublic schools may not offer additional educational services for students with disabilities, but all schools must enroll all students awarded scholarships, regardless of disability. Please reference the school information on the school profile for more information about special education services offered at participating nonpublic schools. Not all nonpublic schools offer special education services and are not required to do so. Please contact the school(s) of your choice before listing them on your child’s application to ensure they are able to meet your child’s needs.

My child currently participates in the Scholarship Program. Should I complete an application?

If your child currently participates in the Scholarship program* and want to remain at their current school, you should not submit an application; current students in non-transitional grades will automatically be re-enrolled if they do not apply to transfer. If you submit an application for your child and they are assigned to a public school choice then they will lose their Scholarship and not be able to transfer back to their Scholarship school if you change your mind. If you submit an application and they are assigned to another Scholarship choice, their Scholarship will transfer to the new school.

*Students at PK4 NSECD programs must apply for a Louisiana Scholarship Program award. Those that do not apply will be unable to receive a Scholarship for Kindergarten.

What schools are included next year? 

SchoolNameAddressWebsiteSpecial Education ServicesSpecial Education Services
506048 Resurrection of Our Lord School4861 Rosalia Dr. ,70127resurrectionrams.org(504) 243-2257Speech/language impairment
506055 St. Alphonsus School2001 Constance Street ,70130stalphonsus.eduk12.net(504) 523-6594Speech/language impairment
506079 St. Joan of Arc School919 Cambronne St. ,70118https://sjaschool.eduk12.net/(504) 861-2887Speech/language impairment
506087 St. Leo the Great School1501 Abundance Street 2408 Gen. Taylor St.,70119N/A(504) 943-1482Speech/language impairment
506095 St. Mary's Academy6905 Chef Menteur Blvd., ,70126www.smaneworleans.com(504) 245-0200Speech/language impairment
506111 St. Rita School65 Fontainebleau Dr. ,70125www.stritanola.org(504) 866-1777No Special Education services offered
506116 St. Stephen School1027 Napoleon Avenue ,70115www.ststephencs.org(504) 891-1927Speech/language impairment
506122 St. Katharine Drexel Preparatory School5116 Magazine Street ,70115www.drexelprep.com(504) 899-6061No Special Education services offered
506157 Good Shepherd Nativity Mission School1839 Agriculture St. ,70119https://www.thegoodshepherdschool.org/(504) 598-9399No Special Education services offered
506159 St. Benedict the Moor5010 Piety Dr. ,70126https://sbmschool.org(504) 2882745No Special Education services offered
621001 McMillian's FIRST Steps CDC/Academy2601 So. Claiborne Ave. ,70125mcmillianfirststeps.com(504) 822-1266Speech/language impairment
626001 St. John Lutheran School3937 Canal Street ,70119SJLNO.com(504) 488-6641No Special Education services offered
872001 Bishop McManus School13123 I-10 Service Road ,70128bishopmcmanus.com(504) 246-5121Speech/language impairment
927001 Life of Christ Christian Academy/Alternative1851 N Dorgenois St ,70119www.lifeofchristchristianacademy.com(504) 945-5778Developmental delay
989001 Light City Christian Academy6117 St. Claude Avenue ,70117lightcitynola.com(504) 277-6828No Special Education services offered
994001 Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orleans821 general Pershing st ,70115ebnola.net(504) 896-4500No Special Education services offered
9B7001 Hype Academy7901 Crowder Blvd. ,70127www.hypeacademy.com(504) 240-4973No Special Education services offered

An important note about this year’s participating Scholarship schools

Participating Scholarship schools are schools that have submitted a notice of intent to the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) to accept new Scholarship students for the 2020-2021 school year. As school performance results become available, the LDE will review the list of Scholarship schools and may determine that some are no longer eligible to accept new students. If you apply to a Scholarship school that is later deemed ineligible, your student will not be placed there.

Additionally, because scholarships are funded through state dollars, there is a possibility that the Legislature will choose to reduce funds to these programs, and if that happens, this would mean that one or more of the schools listed in this application may have fewer seats available to serve new and continuing students.

*Families interested in attending a Scholarship school outside of Orleans Parish should visit LDE.