Special Needs Scholarships (sb10)

What we love most about Georgia’s education system is its commitment to students with special needs. All public school students in Georgia with Individualized Education Plans, commonly referred to as IEPs, are eligible for the Special Needs Scholarship Program.

You can find information about the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program by visiting the Georgia Department of Education website (www.gadoe.org). On the home page, click on the "Programs & Initiatives" category.

With the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program, parents are able to:

  • Transfer their student to any public school with an open seat across the state of Georgia.

  • Enroll their child into a school participating in the Special Needs Scholarship Program, with financial assistance from the state. Amount of assistance is based on what would have been spent to educate their child in his/her public school, based on their IEP.

For a list of participating schools, view the "Private Schools List" on the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program page. There, you will be able to use the Scholarship Calculator to determine how much aid you qualify for, and what your scholarship amount will be.

Here are 4 steps to get you started on pursuing the special needs scholarship:

  1. Confirm your eligibility on the Georgia Special Needs Program web page with the "Scholarship Calculator." See "How to use the calculator" if additional help is needed.

  2. After you determine your eligibility, identify the public and private schools that best match your child’s needs.

  3. For the public schools of interest, contact their relevant school districts to determine the transfer application process for the Georgia Special Needs Program. Each district does this process differently, and this is what determines enrollment – so don’t delay in reaching out!

  4. For private schools, confirm that they participate in the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program, and ask about not only the tuition costs but whether there are additional fees such as application fees or assessment fees. We suggest that parents also ask whether there are additional opportunities for financial assistance at this time, just in case there is a chance for additional support.