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Florida Tax Credit Scholars: It’s your time to renew for the 2016-17 school year

By Lisa A. Davis

logo_su4s-headerWhile the 2015-16 school year is in its third month, it’s already that time of year again. Parents and guardians of Florida Tax Credit scholars through Step Up For Students may now apply for the 2016-17 school year.

Step Up partner schools have also been notified about the application season and have been asked to remind scholars to reapply now.

This year’s applications comes with one major change: no application fee. For several years, Step Up charged an application fee, most recently being $29 ApplyNow

“This is something we have been working toward for several years and we’re excited that this year we can actually do it for our parents,” said Step Up’s Chief Operating Officer Anne White. “As our fundraising cap increases each year, our 3 percent administrative funds do as well, reducing the need for the application service fee. Our original budget had the fee being reduced to $14, but we worked with our various departments to ensure we can eliminate it altogether.”

The rest of the renewal process will look much the same, said Jeff Giese, director of operations.

For those renewal families, please access your parent login to begin the application process.  As you apply, please be mindful of the following:

  1. Your username will be the email address associated with your account. Should you have trouble logging in with your email address, please select the “Forgot Password” link and a new, temporary password will be sent to you via email.
  2. Once you submit your online application, you’ll be asked to submit documents to support your application. These documents can be submitted via document upload or via fax. Instructions for submitting documents can be found by selecting the “Print and Send Documents” tab in the parent login.
  3. Again, there is no application fee for the 2016-17 application season. You will not need to pay any application fee for Step Up For Students to review your scholarship application.

“As always, we urge you to completely finish your applications as soon as you can. This means submitting all of the requested documents. An application isn’t considered complete and can’t be processed until the application is filled out and all documents are in,” said Giese. “Once again, we expect an overwhelming number of applications and we would hate for renewal scholars especially to miss out due to missing paperwork, or an application filing that lingered too long.”

Applicants with any questions or concerns about this process, can all  877-735-7837. The Step Up Contact Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern, with an hour closure from 11 a.m. to noon.

New family applications will open in the early spring, but those interested can add their information to our interest list and we will notify those families as we are preparing to open applications then.