Individualized Education Account Program

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2017-18 Student Applications are Now Closed – the due date was April 3, 2017.
2017-18 Applications for Private Schools to Participate are Now Closed – the due date was April 28, 2017.


2017-18 Parent Handbook

2017-18 Parent Handbook Overview

2017-18 Provider Handbook

The Individualized Education Act, adopted by the General Assembly in 2015, creates the Individualized Education Account Program and related accounts (IEAs) for eligible students with disabilities to use for educational purposes. The program provides options for parents and students to choose the education opportunities that best meet their own unique needs through access to public education funds.

For more detailed information about the program, please review the IEA Frequently Asked Questions, which will be updated periodically with additional questions and answers.

The first IEAs were awarded in January 2017.

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

Public Rulemaking Hearing for Proposed Revisions to the Rules for the Individualized Education Account (IEA) Program

The State Board of Education approved updated Individualized Education Account (IEA) Program rules at the July board meeting. The updated rules are anticipated to be effective in the coming weeks. The proposed rules are posted here.

Call for Public Comment on the Rules

Members of the public may submit written comments and feedback on the updated rules by emailing them to To ensure consideration, comments on the proposed rules must be received by October 1.

Public Rulemaking Hearing

A public hearing on the proposed updated rules will be held to provide members of the public an opportunity to present verbal feedback on the proposed updated rules. The meeting notice is posted on the Tennessee Secretary of State's website.

Date: Sept. 28

Time: 10 a.m. CDT

Location: Conference Room 1B, Davy Crockett Tower, 500 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37243

Members of the public interested in speaking at the hearing can sign up to speak by completing the sign-in form, which will be available in the hearing room (location above) on the day of the hearing. Members of the public who sign up to present during the hearing will have two minutes to speak. Everyone who presents a verbal comment must also submit their comments in writing. Written comments must be emailed to by October 1.


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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.

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