Individualized Education Account Program

a.k.a IEA’s

The Individualized Education Account (IEA) Program is a school choice program for eligible students with disabilities. The program was created by the Individualized Education Act, adopted by the Tennessee General Assembly in 2015. The IEA Program gives parents and students access to public education funds to use on certain types of approved educational expenses that best meet their students’ unique needs.  see more >

How do I apply?

The window to apply for Tennessee’s IEA program for the 2022 / 2023 school year opens February 15, 2022.

Application Deadline 2022/2023: April 15, 2022 by 3pm CST
*Please Note: The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) WILL NOT accept applications after the 3pm deadline! So make sure to get yours in before.

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Already participate in the IEA Program?

Renewal Deadline 2022/2023: May 15, 2022 at 3pm CST.
*Please Note: The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) WILL NOT accept applications after the 3pm deadline! So make sure to get yours in before.

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Is my student eligible?

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A student must meet ALL five of the following qualifications:

  1. be a Tennessee resident; and
  2. at the time of enrollment in the IEA Program, the student must be in grades K-12; and
  3. has an active individualized education program (IEP) through a public school district; and
  4. have one of the following disabilities: autisim, deaf-blindness, developmental delay, hearing impairments, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairments, traumatic brain injury, visual impairments; and
  5. ONE the following:
    • was previously enrolled in and attended a Tennessee public school for the one full school year immediately preceding the school year in which the student receives an IEA;
    • is entering kindergarten for the first time;
    • has not previously attended a school in Tennessee during the one full school year immediately preceding the school year in which the student receives an IEA, and moved to Tennessee less than one year prior to the date of enrollment in the IEA Program; or
    • received an IEA in the previous year.

If your student meets all of the above requirements and is accepted by the Tennessee Department of Education, you will have to enroll them in a private school or independent homeschool. At the time of disbursement, TDOE will disburse IEA payments onto a pre-paid debit card.

The IEA Program has 15 approved uses as set by the state law. View these 15 approved uses here in chapters 8,9 and 10 in the IEA Parent Handbook.

More Questions?

For frequently asked questions, visit the Tennessee Department of Education’s FAQ page.

Curious to learn more about the IEA Program? Watch this informational video courteous of the Tennessee Department of Education.