K-12 Scholarship Programs
McKay Scholarship

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The McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program, originally created in 1999, provides scholarships for eligible students with disabilities. If your child meets all Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) McKay eligibility criteria, you may request enrollment in another public school or may seek acceptance to a participating private school.

  • The child must have an Individual Education Plan or a Section 504 Plan (not to include a temporary Section 504 plan).
  • The child must have been in attendance at a Florida public school and met Florida public school attendance requirements for the preceding school year.

Visit the Florida Department of Education McKay Scholarship website to review Parent Information and Frequently Asked Questions, or to apply for the McKay Scholarship. Contact the FLDOE by phone at 1-800-447-1636 or by visiting Florida Department of Education McKay Scholarship, to find out more information about the McKay Scholarship Program. To access deadlines to receive 100% of the scholarship amount, click here and scroll to Scholarship Payments. To file a McKay Scholarship Intent, click here.  

Note: The McKay eligibility process takes approximately 30 days from the date the McKay application is completed on the state website. The state will email the parent/guardian, at the email address provided during the application process, once eligibility is determined. When the student is found eligible, then the McKay school choice process can proceed.


A. McKay Public School Choice Option:

  • A student must have been found eligible to receive the McKay Scholarship in order to apply for McKay Public School Choice. The eligibility process takes approximately 30 days and the parent/guardian will receive an email from the McKay state site, once eligibility has been determined.
  • Upon receiving an approval of eligibility from the state, a School Choice application must be completed by the parent/guardian. 
  • The district's School Choice Office will provide the parent/guardian with necessary information related to the use of the Scholarship in a district public school. 
  • If you have already applied for the McKay Scholarship and received an email from McKay that your child is eligible for the Scholarship and you wish exercise the McKay Public School Option in Pasco County, submit your request for a School Choice application for McKay to pascopathways@pasco.k12.fl.us

Public School Choice Determinations:

While the school district makes every effort to accommodate school choice requests, many of the schools are critically overcrowded (at or above 90% capacity). We monitor our schools for both school-wide and class-size capacity. The availability of some schools may change during the school year, without notice. The capacity/frozen list is posted here. 

Public School Transportation:

  • The parent/guardian is responsible for the transportation of a student approved to attend a school of choice.

Charter Schools:

Contact the Charter School of choice to gain information on the Charter School process.

B. McKay Private School Option:
If a student is already enrolled in the McKay Scholarship Program and attending a participating private school, a new Intent is not necessary. At the end of each school year the private school must re-enroll the student for the upcoming school year. In order to be eligible for the first payment, review the deadlines to receive 100% of the McKay Scholarship payment by clicking here and then scrolling down to Scholarship Payments.

Private School Transportation:

The parent/guardian is responsible for the transportation of a student approved to attend a private school of choice. For additional information regarding transportation options provided by the private school of choice, contact the private school. 

C. Out of District students:

Out of District students may not displace Pasco County residents.

For additional information contact (813) 794 - 2715.