Students are eligible if they live in families with incomes up to, but not exceeding, 150 percent of the federal free and reduced-price lunch (FRL) program and either:
- Attended a public school the preceding semester
- Is starting at a K–12 school in South Dakota for the first time
- Or is entering kindergarten, first grade, or ninth grade
Once a student has received a scholarship, that student remains eligible for three years or, if the student is entering high school, until high school graduation. After the initial period of income eligibility, scholarship students remain eligible if their family income in the prior year does not exceed 200 percent of the FRL program.