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.
- Individualized Education Account (IEA) Program
The Individualized Education Account (IEA) Program provides the opportunity for parents of eligible students with disabilities to choose the education opportunities that best meet their child’s own unique needs through access to public education funds. Students must be in grades K-12 to enroll in the IEA Program. Students who reach 22 years of age on or before August 15 would not be eligible to enroll in the IEA Program for that school year.
Who is eligible to enroll in the IEA Program?
An “eligible student” must be a Tennessee resident who meets all of the following criteria:
- has an active individualized education program (IEP) through a public school district in effect at the time of request for participation in the program; and
- meets at least one of the following requirements:
- was previously enrolled in a Tennessee public school during the two semesters (or one full school year) immediately preceding the semester in which the student receives an IEA,
- is entering kindergarten,
- moved to Tennessee within six months prior to the date the student receives an IEA, or
- received an IEA in the previous year; and
- has one of the following disabilities identified in their IEP: autism, deaf-blindness, hearing impairments, intellectual disability, orthopedic impairments, traumatic brain injury, and/or visual impairments.
How much funding will be awarded to each student’s IEA?
This IEA award will not include federal funds or additional education funds that local governments contribute to the school district beyond the amount required by the state funding formula for education (BEP).
How can IEA funds be spent?
The funds will be deposited into an IEA for education-related expenses. Some examples include:
- private school tuition/fees/textbooks,
- educational therapy,
- computer hardware, and
For a complete list of approved expenses, visit the IEA webpage: tn.gov/education/section/iea
How do parents apply to enroll their child in the IEA Program?
The application window for students is now open. To apply to enroll in the IEA Program, please visit the IEA web page .
- Parents should consider:
- all of their child’s educational needs,
- the education options available,
- the services that their child is currently receiving and the cost of those services,
- the amount of funding their child will receive in the IEA Program and what services that funding would cover.
- Parents should fully understand that in order to participate they are waiving all of their child’s rights to receive services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and are releasing the public school district from all obligations to educate the student. School districts are not required to provide any services to students enrolled in the IEA Program and are not accountable for their academic progress.
The IEA Parent Handbook further lists all of the responsibilities for parents/students enrolled in the program.
School Choice Options
Once a student enrolls in the IEA Program, he/she will no longer be able to attend a public school; students must either be home schooled or enrolled in a private school. For more information on these options, please visit: tn.gov/education/topic/non-public-schools
To subscribe to receive monthly email updates about the program and to get more information about the IEA Program, including parent resources and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the IEA webpage on the department’s website: tn.gov/education/section/iea
If you have questions about the IEA Program, need accommodations to access IEA materials, si habla español, please email: IEA.Questions@tn.gov