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New Worlds Reading Scholarship Accounts


Effective July 1, 2022, the New Worlds Reading Scholarship Accounts expands eligibility to include public school students enrolled in kindergarten through grade 5, who have a substantial reading deficiency identified under s. 1008.25(5)(a), F.S. or who scored below a Level 3 on the statewide, standardized English Language Arts (ELA) assessment in the prior school year.

What is the amount of a New Worlds Reading Scholarship Account?

For the 2022-2023 school year, the amount of the scholarship is $500 per eligible student.

How do I apply for a New Worlds Reading Scholarship Account?

To apply for funding, a parent must submit an application to an eligible scholarship funding organization directly

For the 2022-23 school year, Step Up For Students will be the only Scholarship Funding Organization administering this scholarship program.

The eligible expenditures for reimbursement are:

  • Instructional materials.
  • Curriculum;
  • Tuition and fees for part-time tutoring services. The services shall be provided by a person who holds a valid teaching certificate pursuant to s. 1012.56, F.S.; a person who holds a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the subject area; a person who holds an adjunct teaching certificate pursuant to s. 1012.57; or a person who has demonstrated a mastery of subject area knowledge pursuant to s. 1012.56(5);
  • Fees for specialized summer education programs designed to improve reading or literacy skills; and
  • Fees for after-school education programs designed to improve reading or literacy skills.

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