Jun 22, 2012 3:44 PM by Tonya LaCoste
The deadline for parents to apply for the Louisiana Scholarship Program is a week from today on June 29. More than 6,000 applications have been submitted to the Louisiana Department of Education, and schools are submitting applications they've received. "We've heard from a number of schools who are receiving applications faster than they can enter them in online," State Superintendent of Education John White said. "While 6,000 applications is more than we expected at this time, that number will continue to rise as schools continue to enter online the applications that they have already received from parents."
The program is for students who are from low- to moderate-income families and who attend public schools that earned a C, D or F under the state's school accountability program. Eligible students, kindergarten through 12th grade, must submit it applications to participating school by June 29. There are a limited number of seats, and White said the Louisiana Department of Education will attempt to place as many applicants as possible in their preferred school choice. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of seats available, then seats will be awarded through a lottery process in July. All applicants will be notified of the results of the lottery, no later than July 31.
The scholarship program is open to kindergarten through 12th grade students who meet the following criteria:
* A child must have been enrolled in a public school during the 2011-2012 school year that was labeled C, D or F, unless a student is entering kindergarten for the first time in the 2012-2013 school year;
* Students must also be residents of Louisiana and meet income eligibility requirements (family income in 2011 cannot exceed 250% of the federal poverty guidelines);
* Continuing students who were awarded a scholarship in the previous year are also eligible.
For more information about the Louisiana Scholarship Program, please contact Studentscholarships@la.gov or call the Louisiana Department of Education's Help Center at 1-877-453-2721.