Scholarship Funding Organizations (SFOs) are the non-profit organizations that issue scholarships and determine student eligibility for the Family Empowerment Scholarship, the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship, the Hope Scholarship, and the New Worlds 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 for the 2024-25 school year is available now.
- College and University Application (PDF)
- Renewal Application (PDF)
- New Participant Application (PDF)
Please note: If you are the owner or operator of a private school participating in the state K-12 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, Effective Access to Student Education 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.