Office of Independent Education & Parental Choice
Scholarship Funding Organization (SFO) Information
Scholarship Funding Organizations (SFOs) are the non-profit organizations that issue scholarships and determine student eligibility for the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program (FTC) and the Personal Learning Scholarship Account Program (PLSA).
Any non-profit charitable organization, state university, or eligible independent college or university* may apply to be a Scholarship Funding Organization.
State universities and eligible independent colleges or universities are exempt from the initial or renewing application requirements, but must file a registration notice with the Department of Education in order to be an eligible nonprofit scholarship-funding organization. The forms for the 2015-16 school year are linked below:
- Participation Application for New Scholarship Funding Organization (PDF, 124KB)
- Participation Renewal for Participating Scholarship Funding Organization (PDF, 116KB)
- Participation Application for State Universities and Independent Colleges or Universities (PDF, 105KB)
Submission of the applications will be required no later than September 1, 2014.
Please note: If you are the owner or operator of a private school participating in the FTC or PLSA programs, you are not eligible to operate a Scholarship Funding Organization. Participating private schools must submit the Scholarship Compliance Form which is accessed by logging in as a Private School Administrator.
If you have any questions, please contact the School Choice information hotline at (800) 447-1636.
*In order to be considered an eligible nonprofit scholarship-funding organization, an independent college or university must: be eligible to participate in the William L. Boyd, IV, Florida Resident Access Grant Program; be located and chartered in this state; be a not for profit entity; and, be accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.