Georgia Special Needs Scholarships (SB10)
The Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program (GSNS) is a school choice program available for special needs students attending Georgia public schools who are served under an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Award amounts for eligible students are posted on the state web site in May or June of each year.
To newly qualify for GSNS funds a student must meet ALL of the following requirements:
- A student must have a parent/guardian who is currently living in Georgia and has been a resident for at least one calendar year.
- A student was enrolled and completed the previous school year in a Georgia public school in grades kindergarten through twelfth.
- A student was reported attending a Georgia public school by a school district(s)during mandatory reporting student counts conducted in October and March.
- A student does not need to have an IEP for the entire school year to qualify for the GSNS program. A student must have received special education services at some point during the previous school year.
- Please go to the GSNS web site for more information. The web site also has a scholarship calculator which provides the amount of each student’s scholarship award. Award amounts are based on the level of special education services received. Award amounts typically range from $1500-$9500.
State Bill 10 (Georgia Special Needs Scholarship) Payments
Single payment and two payment tuition option- The estimated SB10 award, based on previous years award, will be deducted from the tuition amount due on May 1st, 2017. If the award does not equal the estimate, a refund or payment will be due May 1st, 2018.
Eleven payment tuition option- The state issues checks four times a year. After the check is endorsed by the parent and deposited by Sage, a credit for the check will be applied to the FACTS account. This will reduce the total tuition due.
Georgia Private School Tax Credit
The private school tax credit program was passed into law in 2008 through a piece of legislation named HB 1133. In 2011, an expansion bill called HB 325 was passed into law. In 2013, a new bill called HB 283, which redefined the tax credit cap and added a $10k max for pass-through taxpayers, was passed.
Although several changes are apparent from one bill to the next, the bills as a whole are centered around providing tax credits to GA tax payers who wish to support educational opportunities to families seeking educational alternatives to the free Public School option.
The Georgia Legislature originally set aside approximately $50 million in tax credits annually to provide these options. Georgia tax payers can make a private donation to a State registered SSO and receive a dollar-for-dollar GA tax credit, as well a Federal charitable contribution deduction. The law also allows for tax credit donors to express their wish of which school(NOT Student) should receive the opportunity to access the tax credit contribution monies for tuition scholarships through their chosen SSO.
Sage partners with Pay it Forward Scholarships. Please visit www.payitforwardscholarships.com for more information on how to make a donation or to apply for a scholarship.