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Step Up For Students

Riverside Presbyterian Day School proudly accepts scholarships provided by Step Up for Students. Step Up for Students is a state-approved, nonprofit scholarship funding organization that empowers families to pursue and engage in the most appropriate learning options for their children. Below are the scholarships that RPDS welcomes.

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.

Step Up for Students applications are completed via
Please contact Step Up for Students directly at 1-866-735-7837 with any questions. 

Florida Tax Credit Scholarship (FTC) 

  • Income-based scholarship

  • Kindergarten - 12th Grade 

Family Empowerment Scholarship 

  • Family Empowerment Scholarships with Unique Abilities (FES-UA; formerly Gardiner)
     - Click here to view the eligibility criteria
     - 3 year olds - 22 year olds 

  • Family Empowerment Scholarship for Educational Options (FES-EO)
     - Dependents of the US Armed Forces (including Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Space Force, and reservists) and law enforcement officers qualify, regardless of income. Military families, click here for more information. Law enforcement officer families, click here to learn more.
     - Kindergarten - 12th Grade
     - Beginning in Kindergarten, siblings of students who qualify for FES-UA are also provided assistance via Step Up FES-EO.

If a grant from Step Up for Students is received, those additional funds will be considered part of the student’s Financial Assistance award and should be disclosed to RPDS as soon as possible. This allows RPDS to redistribute funds into our Financial Assistance program and  utilize it for other students in need.

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