Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarship

Program Information

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  • Program Type: Voucher Program, Special Needs Program

Student Participation

  • Student must:
    • Be identified as disabled and have an Individualized Education Program (IEP)
    • Currently be attending an eligible private school and be determined in need of specialized services; if a student does not have a current IEP, he or she must undergo a special education eligibility assessment
  • Be approved by the state
  • Comply with the federal nondiscrimination requirements of 42 U.S.C. §2000d
  • Comply with state health and safety codes
  • Submit to the state an audit and financial report completed by a certified public accountant
  • Possess adequate working capital to maintain operations for the first year
  • Disclose to parents the special education services to be provided and the cost of those services
  • Administer an annual assessment of the student’s academic progress and report results to the student’s parents
  • Require teachers to have a bachelor’s degree, three years of teaching experience or special skills
  • Provide parents with teacher’s credentials

Data Update

Scholarships Awarded
Schools Participating
2016 Expenditures


Scholarship Cap
- $5,092.50 per year (for students who receive less than three hours of services per day)
- $8,487.50 per year (for students who receive three or more hours of services per day)
Enrollment Cap
- None
Program Funding
- $5,914,800