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Family Empowerment Scholarship with Unique Abilities


The State of Florida offers the Family Empowerment Scholarship with Unique Abilities Program (FES-UA). Under FES-UA, a student may be eligible to attend a different public school or a participating private school. The student must also be age 3 and not be over age 22 prior to September 1 of the upcoming school year (Students up to age 22 may not have already graduated with a standard diploma). See age requirements below:

  • Students must be at least 3 or 4 on or before September 1.

  • Students entering kindergarten must be 5 on or before September 1.

  • Students entering first grade must be 6 on or before September 1.

Please note that the public option for FES-UA applies to grades kindergarten through grade 12 (or not over the age of 22).

Students using the FES-UA Scholarship public school option will be able to continue doing so under the FES-UA public school option.

Notification methods include:

  • Letters distributed in the spring to all students in OCPS with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) explaining the Family Empowerment Scholarship with Unique Abilities program and application process. The letter is available based on the primary languages of English, Spanish, and Creole
  • School choice option documents available at local schools and often distributed to parents at the end of an IEP meeting
  • Approval or denial letters mailed in late July for first semester and emailed late December for second semester to all families who request for a public FES-UA Scholarship 

Florida School Choice Program Parent Hotline: 1-800-447-1636 or email [email protected]

For more information, email the OCPS District FES-UA Office at [email protected] or call 407-317-3275.

McKay Scholarship for students with disabilities transitions to the Family Empowerment Scholarship Program for Students with Unique Abilities  

Scholarship Updates


FES-UA Eligibility Letters

FES-UA Eligibility Letter - English

FES-UA Eligibility Letter - Spanish

FES-UA Eligibility Letter - Haitian Creole

Contact Info


Dr. M. Tricia Phillip-Magee
Director, ESE Supplemental Services

Victoria Singh

Senior Administrator

Yidaa Gandi-Capio

Program Specialist

Beth Hoover
District FES-UA Lead