Enacted 2007 • Launched 2007 • Voucher
The Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program allows any student with a disability whose parents
are unhappy with their assigned public school to receive a voucher to attend private school.
Latest Stats (2013-14)
- Students participating: 3,416
- Schools participating: 245
- Average voucher value: $5,386
Vouchers are worth up to the cost of the educational program a student would have received in public
school, as calculated by existing state funding formulas. It excludes only such things as capital costs
and federal subsidy programs. The voucher may not exceed the private school’s tuition and fees.
To qualify, a student must have been enrolled in a Georgia public school for the entire prior school
year; preschool programs do not count toward this factor. The student must also have received special
education services under an Individualized Education Plan at any point in that year. The student’s
parent/guardian must currently live in the state and have been a resident for at least one year.
No legal challenges have been filed against the program.
Rules & Regulations
• Income Limit: None
• Prior Year Public School Requirement: Yes
• Geographic Limit: Statewide
• Enrollment Cap: None
• Voucher Cap: Conditional
• Testing Mandates: None
O.C.G.A. §§ 20-2-2110 through 20-2-2118
Robbie Rhinesmith | firstname.lastname@example.org
How to apply: http://www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/Policy/Pages/Special-Needs-Scholarship-Program.aspx