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Did you know about these two Florida K-12 scholarship opportunities administered by Step Up For Students?
- The Personal Learning Scholarship Account (PLSA) is a new program that helps families personalize educational plans for their children with special needs. To qualify, students in kindergarten through 12th grade must be diagnosed with one of the following: autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Spina bifida, Williams syndrome or an intellectual disability (severe cognitive impairment). Also, kindergarteners who are five years old and deemed "high risk" due to developmental delays may be eligible. The PLSA allows parents to direct scholarship funds toward a combination of programs and approved providers including private schools, therapists, specialists, curriculum, technology – even a college savings account.
- Another option is the income-based Florida Tax Credit Scholarship (FTC), a program created in 2001 that provides low-income families with financial assistance toward private school tuition and fees, or with transportation costs to attend a public school in another county. If a family's household income qualifies for the free- or reduced-price school lunch program (185% of the federal poverty guidelines), or if the family receives SNAP (food stamps), TANF, or FDPIR, the student may be eligible. Children in foster care or out-of-home care, or those who are homeless also may be eligible.
- Fast, home Internet service for just $9.95 a month + tax.
- No price increases, activation or equipment rental fees while in the program.
- A low-cost home computer available at initial enrollment for just $149.99 + tax.
- Free Internet training—in print, online and in person.
How to qualify
- Be located where Comcast offers Internet service
- Have at least one child receiving free school lunches through the National School Lunch Program
- Have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days
- Not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment
How to apply
- Call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376) to request an application (Por aplicar en español, llame al 1-855-765-6995)
- Comcast will mail you an application. Complete and return it, along with lunch program documents from your child's school
- Comcast will notify you by mail about the status of your application. Allow 7-10 days for a response