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Step Up For Students

Riverside Presbyterian Day School accepts Florida School Choice Scholarships through Step Up for Students, a state-approved, nonprofit scholarship funding organization that empowers families to pursue and engage in the most appropriate learning options for their children. For more information and how to apply, please visit

Below are the scholarships RPDS welcomes

Florida Tax Credit Scholarship & Family Empowerment Scholarship for Educational Options (FTC & FES-EO) 

  • Available to Florida residents, regardless of household income, who are eligible to attend a K-12 public school.

  • The scholarship will first pay for the cost of private school tuition and related fees.

  • $7,800 average amount awarded for private school scholarships for the 2023-24 school year

Family Empowerment Scholarships for Unique Abilities (FES-UA; formerly Gardiner) 

  • Available to students age 3 through grade 12 or age 22, whichever comes first, who have a specific diagnosis.
  • This scholarship is delivered as an education savings account (ESA) that parents can direct toward a combination of programs and approved providers.
  • $9,000 average award for an FES-UA scholarship.
  • Funds may be used for tuition and fees for a private school (Kindergarten-6th grade only at RPDS), homeschooling options, therapies, tutoring and more.

Notice to parents enrolling students under the FES-UA scholarship: Please note that our school accommodates students with disabilities in accordance with the requirements under federal and local law. However, your child may not necessarily receive the types of accommodations or related services that your child may be entitled to receive at a public school as public schools have different obligations under the IDEA. The IDEA does not apply to private schools. We are happy to have a conversation with you about the accommodations that your child may need and be entitled to at our school.

Please note that Step Up for Students funding is contingent upon State availability and legislation. Should the State modify the Step Up for Students program, RPDS is not responsible for making up the difference in educational costs. Families are welcome to apply for need-based financial assistance directly through the School. 

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