Student Scholarships for Educational Excellence Program

Program Information

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  • Program Type: Voucher Program, Means Tested, Failing Schools

Student Participation

  • Students entering kindergarten or enrolled in a C, D or F school with a family income that does not exceed 250% of the federal poverty guidelines ($62,750 for family of four in 2018)
  • Public schools must be rated A or B based on the most recent school performance scores
  • Private schools must be approved by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and comply with Brumfield v. Dodd antidiscrimination order
  • Private schools must also possess adequate organizational capacity, submit a notice of intent to participate to the Louisiana Department of Education and be approved by the state to participate
  • Comply with health and safety codes
  • Not discriminate on the basis of race, color or national origin
  • Use an open admissions process in enrolling scholarship recipients
  • Administer all Louisiana state examinations required under the school and district accountability system
  • Receive a Scholarship Cohort Index of at least 50 to remain eligible to accept new students
  • Provide scholarships to no more than 20% of students for private schools in operation fewer than two years
  • Submit to the state an annual independent financial audit conducted by a certified public accountant
  • Conduct criminal background checks on all school employees
  • Maintain a curriculum of a quality at least equal to that prescribed for public schools

Data Update

Schools Participating
2017-18 Expenditures


Scholarship Cap
- Whichever is less:
-- State and local per-pupil funding (state average of $11,010 for 2016-17)
-- Tuition, fees and costs associated with testing
Enrollment Cap
- None
Program Funding
- 2017 Funding: $42.5 million
- 2018 Funding: $41.9 million