American High School Academy

Step Up for Students Scholarship: Applying & Information

Did you know all Florida residents – regardless of income – receive a minimum of $7500* for their child’s private education costs? 

Your child’s education is the most important thing you control to ensure their happiness and success. American High School Academy and Florida’s Step-Up Scholarship program partner with you to put a quality, private education within your child’s grasp.


American High School Academy (AHSA) accepts Step-Up for Students Scholarships.  Step-Up scholarships provide financial support to access private school programs and other learning resources which address educational needs for students who otherwise could not afford it.

AHSA is an innovative and fully accredited college preparatory school devoted to educational excellence, where students are inspired and challenged to reach their full potential. Curricula is tailored to individual learning styles, with different academies to fit student needs. Students can enroll full-time in AHSA’s:

Exploration in learning and loving education is possible! To experience an AHSA classroom in-person, please reach out and schedule a tour today.

You'll find instructions and links to apply for the Step-Up Scholarship below.  Please do not hesitate to contact the school at (305) 270-1440 or though our contact form with any questions or if you're having any issues completing the Scholarship application.

*Minimum Step-Up Scholarship level current as of April 2024. Subject to change. Actual Scholarship award to be determined by Step-Up Foundation upon application.

How to apply for a Step Up for Students Scholarship:

Applying on the portal:

  • If you already have an EMA account, use that same account for the 2024-25 school year. Families will have one account where they will manage their students’
    scholarships, even if the children benefit from different scholarship programs.
  • If you do not have an existing EMA account, Click on "Sign Up” to create your account. Follow all the steps on the subsequent pages to create your new EMA account.

Once you have logged in to the EMA portal:

  1. Before beginning your 2024-25 application, please view the “My Students” tab to ensure all of your students are linked to your EMA account.
    • If a student is not listed, please click the “Add a Student” button to add them BEFORE beginning an application.
  2. Apply by scrolling down on your EMA dashboard and clicking the “Apply” button next to the appropriate program.
    • If your family will benefit from more than one scholarship, you will select which students you are applying for as you begin the application.
    • IMPORTANT: Starting this year, a student can only be on one scholarship application. Please be sure you apply for the correct scholarship program for each student.
  3. If you are interested in PEP, you will select “Apply” for the FTC/FES-EO program.
  4. If you encounter an error message at any point while applying, please clear your cache and try again.

After submitting your application

  • You can monitor the status of your application within your EMA account.
  • We also encourage you to monitor your email for updates as your application is processed.

Renewal Application Process for the Florida Tax Credit (FTC), (FES-EO), and (FTCPEP)

Below is a helpful video guide on how to complete the renewal application provided by Step-Up for Students.  If you run into any issues, have questions, or need help, please contact us! We're happy to help.

Renewal Application Process for the Florida Tax Credit (FTC), (FES-EO), and (FTCPEP) video thumbnail



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Florida Department of Education School Number, 13-4283

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Admissions or Program Questions?
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Most students are referred to American High School Academy by their home school district. However, students and family members can contact us directly to learn more or to enroll in our programs.

Contact us Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at (305) 270-1440 or use our online form to request an appointment to speak with an Admissions Advisor or Counsellor.