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


SNSP Enrollment chart