Tuition Donation Rebate Program
What is the Tuition Donation Rebate (TDR) Program?
The Tuition Donation Rebate (TDR) program provides scholarships to low-income and moderate-income families interested in sending their students to private school. The scholarships are paid for by donors who receive tax rebates for their donations to school tuition organizations, known as STOs.
Is My Family Eligible for the TDR Program?
If you answer yes to at least one question under Student Eligibility below and your income meets the requirements under Income Eligibility below, then your student qualifies for the TDR program.
My student has attended a public school in Louisiana as of the most recent school year (at least October – February)
My student is entering kindergarten
My student participates in one of the scholarship programs already
My family's income matches the requirements below.
2017 Income Requirements for the Louisiana Scholarship Program
|Household Size||Annual Income||Weekly Income|
|More than 8||Add $10,400 for each additional person||Add $200 for each additional person|
How Much of the Cost Does TDR Cover?
School Tuition Organizations determine the amount of the scholarship. Scholarship amounts cannot exceed the lesser of either school’s tuition and mandatory fees or 80% of the state average per pupil funding for elementary and middle school students (approximately $4,200) and 90% of the state average per pupil funding for high school students (approximately $4,700). Students can apply for and receive more than one scholarship as long as they come from different STOs.
School Tuition Organizations distribute quarterly payments via mail to each participating school in September, December, February, and May. These quarterly payment checks are issued to the parents of the scholarship student. Parents must endorse the check for deposit into the school’s account.
If the amount of the scholarship does not cover full tuition, parents and families must pay any remaining tuition and fees. School Tuition Organizations may charge an application fee. Families will be expected to pay for uniforms, if required by the school. Families must also pay for after school care, and any other optional costs, such as sports and activities fees.
Do all Catholic Schools Participate in the TDR Program?
No. STOs determine which schools they will partner with. Families should consult their choice school and the School Tuition Organization to ensure that a scholarship award can be used at that specific school. Scholarships are portable and may be used at any participating school that the School Tuition Organization partners with. Click here to see a list of STOs and find out which schools they partner with.
Will Every Student Who Applies for a TDR Scholarship Receive One?
No, each STO determines how many scholarships it will offer each year. And if your student receives a TDR scholarship, that does not ensure school admission. Families must apply directly to private schools for enrollment. Schools use their own enrollment procedures. Accepted students may then use the scholarship towards a participating school’s mandatory tuition and fees.
If I Receive a TDR Scholarship, Will I Need to Reapply Every Year?
Yes, families must apply for TDR scholarships each year. However, once you have received a TDR scholarship, you are more likely to get another in the next year because priority is given to students who participated in the Tuition Donation Rebate or Louisiana Scholarship Program in the previous year.
My Child Has Special Needs. Do Catholic Schools Provide Special Education Services?
Unlike public schools, private schools, including Catholic schools, are not required by law to provide special education services to students. That said, some schools do offer special education programs and you should contact a school’s administration to learn about the programs and services they offer.
There is a scholarship program for students who have Individual Education Plans and have one of the following disabilities:
- Developmental Delay
- Mental Disability
- Other Health Impairment
- Specific Learning Disability
- Traumatic Brain Injury
This program is known as the School Choice Program for Certain Students Exceptionalities.
Will My Child Still Have to Take the State’s Tests?
Students are required to take state tests in English Language Arts (ELA) and math. Results are publicly reported but do not impact a school’s participation in the program. School Tuition Organizations pay to administer state tests for scholarship students.
When Are the Deadlines to Apply for the TDR Program?
Deadlines differ by STO. See below for current STO deadline information.
- Arete has not yet updated their timelines for the 2019-2020 school year. However, based on previous application cycles, their application window will likely open in early 2019.
- Application Fee: $30
- ACE has not yet updated their timelines for the 2019-2020 school year. However, based on previous application cycles, their application window will likely open in early 2019.
- Application Fee: None.
New Schools for Baton Rouge Excellence Scholarship Fund
- Families accepted and enrolled at a partner school (listed on New Schools' for Baton Rouge's website, linked below) are eligible to receive a scholarship. Interested students should reach out to the relevant partner school to apply.
- Application Fee: None