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McKay Scholarships for students with Disabilities Program

This is a scholarship program that allows special-needs students to transfer to another public school. Students remain eligible for another public school until the student graduates from high school.

To take advantage of this program, a student must have attended a public school in the state of Florida in October and February of the prior year and must have an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Transportation is provided for eligible students.

How to Apply

Step 1 Go to

Step 2 Click on “McKay Scholarships.”

Step 3 Click on “Apply for a McKay Scholarship.”

Step 4 Click on “Begin Filing Intent.”

Step 5 Select “Duval” on the pull-down window, then click “Continue.”

Step 6 Enter student information and parent/guardian information, then click “Finish.”

Step 7 Print the page with the Confirmation Number. Keep this page for future reference.

Step 8 Please wait a minimum of two weeks before you check the website to see if your child is eligible for the scholarship. Click on “Check Intent Status.”

Note: If the webpage will not allow you to complete all of the above steps, it means that the site is experiencing technical problems. If this happens, you will need to try again in the next few days. If you continue to experience technical difficulty, you may call the State of Florida Choice Office at 1.800.447.1636 for help.

What's Next
If the student is ruled eligible to participate, the parent must then complete a McKay Scholarship Program Public To Public Student Transfer Application and fax it to the EE/SS Office at 904.858.3625. Click here to download the application. The selection of which public school the student will attend is made by the EE/SS and School Choice Offices, not the parent. A member of the EE/SS Office will contact the parent with the information regarding the school where the student is assigned.

Key Dates for 2014 – 2015 school year:

Date Scholarship Percentage Funding
July 3, 2014 100%
Sept. 2, 2014 75%
Dec. 3, 2014 50%
Jan. 31, 2015 25%