The Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students with special needs who have an IEP. The scholarship can be used at the participating school and/or private service provider(s) of your choice. The scholarship is renewable through high school graduation or the student’s 22nd birthday.
When parents use a Peterson Scholarship, they become responsible for making sure that their child is receiving all the special education services that they need. The school district where you live is no longer responsible for making sure your child receives a free and appropriate education (FAPE).
Who is eligible?
Any student in grades K-12 with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) from their home school district is eligible to apply for a Special Needs Scholarship.
How much is the scholarship worth?
Special Needs Scholarship amounts vary based on the child’s special education category. The chart below shows scholarship amounts for the 2019-20 and 20-21 school years. Students must be enrolled in the scholarship program for the entire school year to receive the full scholarship amount.
*Scholarships awarded to students in the speech or language only category are limited to covering services included in the student’s IEP, and cannot be used to cover school tuition.