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 Special Needs Scholarship Calculator Introduction

The 2018-2019 Scholarship Calculator will open in mid July 2018. The Georgia Department of Education will not have any additional information regarding scholarship eligibility and award amounts prior to the opening of the Scholarship Calculator. 

Eligibility Criteria

For your convenience, below you will find the criteria for Special Needs Scholarship Eligibility:

  • Student Eligibility Criteria 1- A student have must a parent/guardian who currently lives in Georgia and has been a resident for at least one calendar year.
  • Student Eligibility Criteria 2- A student was enrolled and completed the 2017 – 2018 school year in a Georgia public school in grades kindergarten through twelfth.
  • Student Eligibility Criteria 3- A student was reported as attending a Georgia public school by a school district(s) during mandatory student counts conducted in October 2017 and March 2018.
  • Student Eligibility Criteria 4 - A student does not need to have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for the entire school year to qualify for the GSNS Program. A student must have received special education services at some point during the 2017 – 2018 school year through an IEP. A student must be reported by a school district(s) in either the October 2017 OR March 2018 student counts OR in final student record as a student receiving special education services by the end of the 2017 – 2018 school ye​ar.​

Returning Scholarship Students:

Note: If a student took advantage of the scholarship in the 2017-2018 school year and ended the school year at an approved Georgia Special Needs Scholarship authorized private school, he or she will be automatically eligible for the 2018-2019 school year.   Your authorized private school will have access to your 2018-2019 scholarship award amount in July 2018.​

Special Needs Scholarship Program Information​​​