Scholarship Funding Organizations


Scholarship Funding Organizations (SFOs) are the non-profit organizations that issue scholarships and determine student eligibility for the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship (FTC), the Gardiner Scholarship, the Hope Scholarship, and the Reading Scholarship Programs. Any non-profit charitable organization, state university, or eligible independent college or university* may apply to be an SFO.

State universities and eligible independent colleges or universities are exempt from the initial or renewing application requirements, but must file a registration notice with the Department of Education in order to be an eligible SFO.

The application deadline for the 2022-23 school year is September 1, 2021. The 2023-24 application will be available July 1, 2022.

Please note: If you are the owner or operator of a private school participating in the FTC, McKay or the Gardiner Scholarship programs, you are not eligible to operate as an SFO. Participating private schools must submit the Scholarship Compliance Form which is accessed by logging in as a Private School Administrator.

If you have any questions, please contact the School Choice information hotline at 800-447-1636.

*In order to be considered an eligible nonprofit scholarship-funding organization, an independent college or university must: be eligible to participate in the William L. Boyd, IV, Florida Resident Access Grant Program; be located and chartered in this state; be a not for profit entity; and, be accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.