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 Special Needs Scholarship Calculator Introduction

The Scholarship Calculator, with updated scholarship award information, for the 2020-2021 school year will open in mid July 2020. 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 2019 – 2020 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 2019 and March 2020.
  • 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 2019 – 2020 school year through an IEP. A student must be reported by a school district(s) in either the October 2019 OR March 2020 student counts OR in final student record as a student receiving special education services by the end of the 2019 – 2020 school ye​ar.​

Returning Scholarship Students:

Note: If a student took advantage of the scholarship in the 2019-2020 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 2020-2021 school year.   Your authorized private school will have access to your 2020-2021 scholarship award amount in July 2020​.​

Special Needs Scholarship Program Information​​​