OTA and Step Up / FES-UA / PEP

Are you a Florida resident?

If so, Open Tent Academy is very happy to announce that we are now a provider (in partnership with Step Up for Students) of services for recipients of two scholarship programs:

  • Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities (FES-UA) – formerly known as the Gardiner scholarship. This program allows families of qualified children (including homeschoolers) to be reimbursed for qualified expenses, including live, online instruction.
  • Personalized Education Program (PEP) – Florida students who are not full-time private or public school students can access the Personalized Education Program (PEP) through the Florida Tax Credit (FTC) Scholarship Program. This scholarship provides an educational savings account (ESA) to fund the educational needs of eligible students. The program will serve 20,000 students in the 2023-24 school year and grow by 40,000 annually. Open Tent Academy is one of a limited number of PEP providers who offer eligible online classes.

Need More Information?

For more information on the FES-UA and/or PEP, including specific criteria for eligibility and their application process and timeline, please visit the Step Up for Students website at http://www.sufs.org, or contact them directly at 1-877-735-7837.

UPDATE (07/02/2023): Step Up For Students recently updated their purchasing guide for recipients of the FES-UA grant; this document contains specific information on expense categories and services.

If you are a current recipient of FES-UA funding and have questions about how to file reimbursement requests, please email Jonathan directly via at: jonathan@opententacademy.com


For more information on how to apply for these programs, please contact Step Up For Students directly.

PLEASE NOTE: Parents using any Step Up / FES funds still need to register and pay for our classes on the Open Tent Academy website. Open Tent Academy will then send you, within seven (7) business days, an itemized receipt (this is in addition to the automated one generated upon completing your order) with detailed registration information. This should then be submitted to Step Up For Students (via their website portal) for reimbursement.


You will also receive (following order processing) a separate welcome email from Open Tent Academy (please check your spam / junk folders) which will contain the information you need in order to access our LMS and virtual classroom systems.

Any additional questions? Feel free to contact us!

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