Special Education Grants in Texas - Families Empowered

Special Education Grants

Families Empowered is here to help walk you through special needs grants in Texas.

The Supplementary Special Education Services program (SSES) grants families $1,500 to help support students enrolled in Texas public schools pay for therapy, tutoring, and more! Find out if your student qualifies and get FREE one-on-one help with your application today!

Families can apply NOW via the TEA SSES application.

Take the quiz below to find out if you might qualify, learn more about the program with our helpful FAQs, or call us directly at 512-580-4046!


Get answers to all of your questions about the Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES) program that grants Texas families $1,500 per eligible child to pay for tutoring, therapy, and more!

What is the deadline to apply?

Families Empowered suggests that parents should apply as soon as possible. The application is currently open.

What documents do I need to have in order to apply?

When you’re ready to fill out the application, you’ll need to have the following information available:

  • Parent(s) Social Security Number(s) OR ID Number(s)
  • Student Social Security Number OR Texas Public School ID Number
  • 2019 Tax Return information OR Nonfiling Status/Reason

What are Supplemental Special Education Services?

Students who receive special education services, who are currently enrolled in a Texas public school, AND are identified as “medically fragile” now qualify for the new SSES+ grant from TEA.

Who will determine if I am approved for the SSES program?

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will handle the processing of all applications and make the final decision regarding the approval of families.

Families Empowered is here to provide outside support to families as you navigate the application, and to check in with you to bring you information about all of your school options, and any other programs that your family might qualify for.

How many SSES accounts are available?

Initially, up to 20,000 accounts were made available for families across Texas whose children
have eligible disabilities.

What is the value of an SSES account?

$1,500 per eligible student for reimbursement of qualified services.

Who is eligible for an SSES account?

To be eligible for the SSES grant, students must currently be:

  • enrolled in a Texas public school,
  • enrolled in PreK – 12th grade,
  • and a student with a disability served through Special Education.

Are students in private schools eligible?

No. Students must be enrolled in public school to qualify.

What are the specific requirements to qualify?

To be eligible for the SSES grant, students must currently be:

  • enrolled in a Texas public school,
  • enrolled in PreK – 12th grade,
  • and a student with a disability served through Special Education.

Are accounts available per child or per family?

Accounts are available for and funded per student. As an example, a family with
two students with low-incidence disabilities would receive funding in their
account for $3,000—the combined amount—and funds can be used to support
either child.

When can a parent apply?

The application is open now.

How do I apply, and what proof of eligibility is required?

Apply on the TEA website by clicking here.

When will I find out if my child has been approved for an account?

All applicants will get an immediate email confirmation indicating their
application has been received.

Families will be notified within five business days if they have been approved,
placed on a waiting list, or do not qualify.

Will there be a paper application submission process for families without internet access/technology?

No. This is designed to be web-based. The system is compatible with mobile

What services or goods are eligible for parents to obtain via their online accounts?

TEA, through the account manager, will maintain a list of approved vendors that
have goods or services that parents can obtain via their online accounts. When
the service launches, the list will be pre-populated with a large array of vendors
already approved. TEA will separately manage a process to allow additional
vendors to be vetted and approved as an additional choice.

Only vendors that provide certain types of goods or services will be approved,
which are:
– Private tutoring
– Educationally related services and therapies from a licensed or accredited
practitioner (OT, PT, BCBA, SLP, PT)
– Textbooks, curriculum, or other instructional materials
– Computer hardware, software, or other technological devices that are used
for educational needs

Can parents submit for retroactive services and expenses incurred since the March 2020 closure of their public school?

No. Services can only be purchased and received after a family establishes an

Apply today to get $1,500 to support your child’s education.

The Supplementary Special Education Services program application is OPEN NOW! Parents can apply now.

Get FREE, one-on-one help understanding the application process by calling us at 512-580-4046!

Click here to apply for the SSES program via the Texas Education Agency