A student must meet ALL five of the following qualifications:
- be a Tennessee resident; and
- at the time of enrollment in the IEA Program, the student must be in grades K-12; and
- has an active individualized education program (IEP) through a public school district; and
- 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
- 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.
For frequently asked questions, visit the Tennessee Department of Education’s FAQ page.