Special Needs Scholarship Program
Special Needs Scholarship Program (SNSP)
- Allows a student with a disability who meets certain eligibility requirements to receive a state-funded scholarship to attend a private school that participates in the SNSP.
- No income requirements.
- No participation cap.
- The SNSP base scholarship for 2022–23 is $13,076 for K–12 students; K–4 students receive half that amount.
- An optional, high-cost provision exists for students with greater needs.
- Students who no longer need special education services receive a scholarship equal to the voucher in the statewide program.
How it Works
- Parents may view a school’s SNSP profile on DPI’s website describing the types of services the school provides and the qualifications of its staff.
- Student applications and transfer requests are accepted throughout the year, from July 1 to June 30.
- To qualify, a student needs an IEP or Service Plan that was developed within the past three years. An IEP is an individualized education program, a written statement for a student with a disability that outlines an educational plan for the student.
- Schools and parents must agree and sign off on the types of services that will be offered to the student before a scholarship is finalized.
By the Numbers
- Students (2022–23): 2,217
- Schools: 162
- History: Launched in 2015