Tennessee’s Individualized Education Account Program


The Individualized Education Account (IEA) program helps parents of students with certain special needs customize educational plans for their child. Created by the Tennessee legislature in 2015, IEAs allow parents of eligible students to direct their child’s public education funds toward the schools, courses, programs, and services of their choice. Authorized expenses include private school tuition, therapy, curriculum for homeschooling, online courses and tutoring as well as other approved services. Parents may also save a portion of their annual funding for future K-12 and higher education expenses. By allowing parents to plan for their child’s unique needs, IEAs create a personal approach to education where the ultimate goal is maximizing each child’s natural learning abilities.


What is an IEA?
An Individualized Education Account (IEA) places public funds designated for an eligible special needs child in an account that Tennessee parents can use to cover the cost of their child’s unique needs, including private school tuition, online education, homeschooling, tutoring, therapies, and other approved expenses. The IEA program was created by the Tennessee legislature as an alternative to the traditional public school system, and is intended to give parents a way to provide a customized education for their child.

Meet Kendall and her mom Whitney Smith.
The TN IEA is going to make a huge difference in their lives helping Kendall thrive in the best environment for her.

Real Stories

We have collected a handful of remarkable stories from families currently benefiting from similar IEA programs in other states. See how access to choice changed their lives.