The Chase Academy - Innovative Education for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders"


To encourage private, voluntary contributions, to expand educational opportunities for children of families that have limited financial resources and to enable children in this state to achieve a greater level of excellence in their education, the 2001 Florida Legislature created Section 220.187, Florida Statutes, establishing the Corporate Tax Credit Scholarship Program.

The law provides for state tax credits for contributions to nonprofit scholarship funding organizations, called SFOs. The SFO's then award scholarships to eligible children of families that have limited financial resources. Generally speaking, if your family currently qualifies for the Federal Free or Reduced Lunch Program, it will qualify for this additional scholarship. The additional scholarship amount is up to $3750 per qualifying student.

The SFO that The Chase Academy works with is Children First Florida (CFF). CFF has 4 priority levels in determining distribution of available scholarship funds:

1) Renewal Applicants - Families who are already receiving CTC scholarship assistance, as long as they can continue to prove financial eligibility. DEADLINE for submission: APRIL 30.

2) Add-On Applicants - Eligible siblings of current scholarship students who remain financially eligible. DEADLINE for submission: APRIL 30.

3) Repeat Applicants - Applicant families who were approved the prior school year but were waitlisted due to lack of funds. DEADLINE for submission: APRIL 30.

4) New Applicants - Eligible applicants, to whom scholarships will be awarded on a "first come, first served" basis, determined by the postmark of their application package and completion date in conjunction with funding availability. Funding is not guaranteed until a scholarship award letter is actually released.

No funds will be distributed for any scholarship child until eligibility is established and an award letter is released. Actual funding is effective based on the date of award letter or the child's first day of attendance whichever is later.

New Applicant Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

Students entering K5 or first grade must be five years old on or before September 1 of the school year for which the scholarship is awarded. A copy of their birth certificate must be submitted for ALL students applying for either of these grades. If a child is age eligible to be entering second grade additional documentation may be requested.

Students entering grades two or higher must have attended a Florida public school the school year prior to receiving the scholarship and must submit a public school report card showing attendance at least the first 3 periods of the school year.

To apply for this scholarship, please click on this link:

For more details on any of the applicant eligibility requirements, please contact our Executive Director.