Individualized Education Account Program
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 General Assembly in 2015. The first IEAs were awarded in January 2017. 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 own unique needs.
For more detailed information about the program, please review the IEA Parent Handbook, IEA Private School Handbook, and the IEA Frequently Asked Questions, which will be updated periodically with additional questions and answers.
For information about educational services and programs for students with special education needs, please visit the department’s Special Education webpage.
If you have questions about the IEA Program, please contact IEA.Questions@tn.gov.
Please note that in light of recent circumstances, the Tennessee Department of Education (the department) will be reopening the application window for the IEA program for the 2020-21 school year. In order to reapply for the IEA program for the 2020-21 school year, please fill out the Intent to Apply form here by July 31, 2020. You will receive an email from IEA staff if you are eligible to fill out the full application, which has a deadline of August 15, 2020. Please also note that completing the Intent to Apply form or the full application does not automatically mean you are eligible for the IEA program. The department will notify you as to your acceptance or denial by August 30, 2020.
If you have any questions, please contact the IEA team at IEA.Questions@tn.gov or (615) 253-3781.
Applications for Private Schools to Participate in the IEA Program are now open – Applications are accepted year round.
Looking for more information about the IEA Program? Check out these short informational videos:
- Overview of the IEA Program
- Student Eligibility
- Top 5 Things to Consider Before Applying
- Funding, Approved Expenses, and Expense Reporting
For more detailed information about the IEA Program, watch the IEA Parent Information Session Webinar, checkout the answers to frequently asked questions, read the IEA Parent Handbook, or check out the resources below.
For additional support in reviewing all aspects of your Individualized Education Account Program options, contact the parent center in your region or local advocacy organization.