Financial Aid Information

Although Cornerstone is a private school, it is often free or available at a reduced cost for students who qualify, which allows parents to choose the best learning environment for their children. Cornerstone School accepts many forms of financial assistance to help parents with the cost of tuition, curriculum, and transportation fees.

Florida Tax Credit Scholarship (Income Based Scholarship)

To expand educational opportunities for children of families that have limited financial resources and to enable children in this state to achieve a greater level of excellence in their education, the Florida Legislature created the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program in 2001. Under the law, the scholarships are based on financial need, not how well your child does in school. They are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis & do not have to be re-paid. Currently, there are two Scholarship Funding Organizations, Step-Up for Students and AAA Scholarship Organization, that award scholarships to eligible children of low-income families.

Click Here For More Information on the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship, administered by the Step-Up for Students Organization.

Click Here For More Information on the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship, administered by the AAA Scholarship Organization.

 

Eligibility: For children entering grades, Kindergarten thru 12th, that live in a low-income household, that is within the income guidelines. 

 

Family Empowerment Scholarship

The Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES) Program is one of Florida’s greatest victories for low-income and working-class families, and it is the first of its kind to extend support to middle-income families. Following the 2019 Legislative Session, Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 7070, which creates the FES Program and provides 18,000 students life-changing education opportunities for academic and career success. The FES Program will provide an educational lifeline to students waiting for an opportunity to find the school that will best work for them and puts more parents in the driver’s seat to determine the best educational environments for their children.

Click Here For More Information on the Family Empowerment Scholarship.

Eligibility: For children entering grades, Kindergarten thru 12th, that live in a low-income household, that is within the income guidelines. 

John McKay Scholarship

Florida's school choice programs ensure that no child will be left behind by allowing parents to choose the best educational setting. The McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program provides Florida students with special needs the opportunity to attend a participating private school.

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Eligibility: For children entering grades, Kindergarten thru 12th, that currently attend a Florida Public School, have an IEP (Individual Education Plan) or 504 Plan, and have met the minimum attendance requirement. 

The Gardiner Scholarship (Formerly PLSA)

The Gardiner Scholarship provides Preschool thru 12th grade students who have a disability the option to apply for scholarship funds that can be used to pay for a wide range of services and therapies. Currently, there are two Scholarship Funding Organizations, Step-Up for Students and AAA Scholarship Organization, that award scholarships to eligible students. 

Click Here For More Information on the Gardiner Scholarship, administered by the Step-Up for Students Organization.

Click Here For More Information on the Gardiner Scholarship, administered by the AAA Scholarship Organization.

 

Eligibility: For Florida children, 3 years old through 12th grade or age 22, whichever comes first, with one of the following disabilities: Autism spectrum disorder, Muscular dystrophy, Cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Phelan McDermid syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Spina bifida, Williams syndrome, Intellectual disability (severe cognitive impairment), rare diseases as defined by the National Organization for Rare Disorders, anaphylaxis, deaf, visually impaired, dual sensory impaired, traumatic brain injured, hospital or homebound as defined by the rules of the State Board of Education and evidenced by reports from local school districts, or three, four or five year-olds who are deemed high-risk due to developmental delays. 

 

The Florida HOPE Scholarship

In 2018, the Florida Legislature created the Hope Scholarship Program to give public school children in Florida relief from bullying and violence. The scholarship gives parents the opportunity to request a scholarship for the student to attend an eligible private school. This program is administered by Step Up For Students.

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Eligibility: For children in grades, Kindergarten thru 12th, that have been a victim of a qualifying bully incident that took place in a Florida Public School, any school-related or school-sponsored program or activity, riding on the school bus or waiting at the school bus stop. Qualifying incidents include battery; harassment; hazing; bullying; kidnapping; physical attack; robbery; sexual offenses, harassment, assault or battery; threat or intimidation; or fighting at school as defined by the Florida Department of Education in accordance with s. 1006.09(6).

Reading Scholarship Account

In 2018, Florida became the first state to offer an education savings account program for students enrolled in public schools. The Reading Scholarship, administered by Step Up For Students, was created to help public school students in third through fifth grade who struggle with reading. The program offers parents access to education savings accounts, worth $500 each, to pay for tuition and fees related to part-time tutoring, summer and after-school literacy programs, instructional materials and curriculum related to reading or literacy.

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Eligibility: For children in grades 3rd thru 5th, that attend a Florida public school, and have scored a 1 or 2 on the 3rd or 4th grade English Language Arts section of the Florida Standards Assessment in the prior year. Children who are classified as English Language Learners, and who are enrolled in a program or receiving services that are specifically designed to meet the instructional needs of English Language Learner students, will receive priority.

School Readiness Child Care Assistance (Formerly JCC)

School Readiness Assistance allows eligible families to offset the expense of child care by paying a reduced parent fee.

Click Here For More Information on the School Readiness Child Care Assistance Voucher.

 

Eligibility: School Readiness is available to families who are 1) At or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level AND 2) Employed at least 20 hours per week OR a student taking at least 12 credit hours.

 

Florida's Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program

The Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program - or VPK - is a free prekindergarten program for 4-year-olds who reside in Florida and were born on or before Sept. 1 each year.

Click Here For More Information on the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program.

Eligibility: For children 4-year-olds who reside in Florida and were born on or before September 1st, each year.

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