MS Dept. of Education to host lottery for special needs scholarship

MS Dept. of Education to host lottery for special needs scholarship

The Mississippi Department of Education announced Monday that a lottery will be held to award approximately 47 Education Scholarship Accounts for the 2018-19 school year.

The ESA scholarships are awarded to parents of students with disabilities who want to remove their child from a public school to get an education elsewhere, according to a MDE news release. The legislature provided funding for 428 ESA accounts for the school year, most of which were given to students returning from the previous school year.

ESA recipients are eligible to be reimbursed up to $6,594 this school year for the cost of private educational services.

There are currently 203 applicants on the waiting list for the school year and law requires MDE to hold a lottery to award ESAs when the demand exceeds the supply.

To participate in the ESA program:

  • the applicant must be a Mississippi resident;
  • the student must have had an active Individualized Education Program (IEP) within five years of the date of application; and
  • the parent must sign an agreement to adhere to the rules of participation.

For more information, visit the Mississippi Department of Education website.

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