Individualized Education Account (IEA) Program

What is the IEA Program?

The Individualized Education Account (IEA) Program is a school choice program for eligible students with qualifying disabilities. The IEA Program supports Tennessee families by providing scholarships for students to enroll in an IEA participating non-public school or home schooling. The IEA law is written with specific requirements, one of which is that the student must have been enrolled in a Tennessee public school with a qualifying Individualized Education Program (IEP) for the entire school year before the one in which the student enrolls in the program and receives the IEA. Once a student is enrolled in the IEA Program, the student can no longer be enrolled in public school. These scholarship funds can also be used for certain types of approved educational expenses that best meet the student’s unique learning needs.

For more detailed information about the IEA Program, please review our website. We encourage everyone to read both the IEA Account Holder Handbook and the IEA Participating Non-Public School Handbook.

Students cannot participate in both the Education Savings Account (ESA) Program and the IEA Program. For more information about the ESA Program, please visit the ESA website.


The Tennessee Individualized Education Account (IEA) Program was established and guided by state law, Tenn. Code Ann. 49-10-14 et al. and State Board of Education Rule 0520-01-11.

If you have questions related to the IEA Program, need accommodations to access IEA materials, or si habla español Y necesito una intérprete, please contact the IEA team at