Missouri's K-12 Scholarship Program
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In 2021, the Missouri General Assembly passed HB349 and SB86 which established the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Program, MOScholars. The law provides for state tax credits for contributions to nonprofit Education Assistance Organizations (EAOs). Under the guidelines set forth in the governing statute, qualifying Missouri K-12 students may then apply for scholarships from participating EAOs to attend a K-12 institution other than their designated public school.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • MOScholars was established by the Missouri General Assembly in 2021 to provide educational options to Missouri students and families. The law provides for state tax credits for contributions to approved, non-profit Education Assistance Organizations (EAOs). These EAOs will then award scholarships to eligible Missouri students.
  • Per statute, a qualified student is:
    • Any elementary or secondary school student who is a Missouri resident and resides in a county with a charter form of government or any city with at least 30,000 residents who:
      • Has an approved “individualized education plan” (IEP); or
      • Is a member of a household whose total annual income does not exceed an amount equal to 200% of the income standard used to qualify for free and reduced lunch, and meets one of the following:
        • Attended a public school as a full-time student for at least one semester during the previous twelve months; or
        • Is a child who is eligible to begin kindergarten or first grade.
  • Per statute, scholarships will be awarded in the following order:
    • Qualified students that have an approved IEP or qualified students living in a household whose total annual income does not exceed an amount equal to 100% of the income standard used to qualify for free and reduced lunch;
    • Qualified students living in a household whose total income does not exceed an amount equal to 200% of the income standard used to qualify for free and reduced lunch;
    • All other qualified students.
  • Income standards for free and reduced lunch are issued by the federal government annually.
  • Eligible expenses include:
    • Tuition, curriculum, and fees at a qualified school;
    • Textbooks required by a qualified school;
    • Educational therapies or services from a licensed or accredited practitioner or provider including, but not limited to, licensed or accredited paraprofessionals or educational aides;
    • Tutoring services;
    • Tuition or fees for a private, virtual school;
    • Fees for a nationally standardized norm-referenced achievement test, advanced placement examinations, international baccalaureate examinations, or any examinations related to college or university admission;
    • Fees for management of the Missouri Scholarship Account Program by firms selected by the education assistance organization;
    • Services provided by a public school including, but not limited to, individual classes and extracurricular programs;
    • Computer hardware or other technological devices that are used to help meet the qualified student’s educational needs and that are approved by an educational assistance organization;
    • Fees for summer education programs and specialized after-school education programs;
    • Transportation costs for mileage to and from a qualified school.
  • Scholarships may not be used on the following:
    • o Consumable educational supplies included, but not limited to, pens, pencils, paper, markers
    • Tuition at a private school outside the state of Missouri
    • Payments or reimbursements to any person related within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity to a qualified student
  • For 2022, tax credits for contributions received are capped at $25 million.