Should My Family Apply for the Family Choice Scholarship?
The Family Choice Scholarship Program has provided important, timely help to hundreds of Pennsylvania families in need. As an approved scholarship organization for the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs, Family Choice has allowed parents of preschool age children through 12th grade to choose the best educational experience for their child, including private and religious schools.
This non-profit initiative is a project of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, allowing businesses to direct some of their tax dollars to scholarship organizations that help needy families send their children to the school of their choice – including private and religious schools.
- July 1, 2017 – 2017–2018 Application Deadline
- End of September 2017 – Scholarship Notifications will be mailed to parents
FAQ’s for Families
Q. In which Pennsylvania private Pre-Kindergarten Programs can Pre-K students be enrolled?
A. In order to help provide families with the opportunity to make the education choice they deem best for their children, the Family Choice Scholarship Program awards scholarships to qualified Pre-K students at EITC Eligible private Pre-Kindergarten Programs across the State of Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania Pre-Kindergarten Program, in order to be considered EITC eligible, must meet certain guidelines established under Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Law.
The Pennsylvania Pre-Kindergarten Program must:
- Be affiliated with an established elementary school and its curriculum must be aligned with the elementary school’s curriculum.
- Provide a program of instruction for three or four year-old students “which provides a minimum of 2 hours of instructional and developmental activities per day for at least 60 days.” (Article XX-B Educational Improvement Tax Credit).
- Not violate the goals or mission of the Pennsylvania Family Institute or the Family Choice Scholarship Program.
- The Educational Improvement Tax Credit Pre-Kindergarten Program Verification Form (included in the application) must be submitted with the application in order to receive Pre-K scholarship consideration.
Q. In which Pennsylvania private schools can K-12 students be enrolled?
A. In order to help provide families with the opportunity to make the education choice they deem best for their children, the Family Choice Scholarship Program awards scholarships to qualified K-12 students at private schools across the State of Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania private school must:
- Be a day school at which the compulsory attendance requirements of the Commonwealth may be met.
- Meet the applicable requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
- Not violate the goal or mission of the Pennsylvania Family Institute or the Family Choice Scholarship Program.
Q. How are awards determined?
A. Decisions are primarily based on need (as determined independently by FACTS Management, based on last year’s financial records), family situation, and how much money is available to give. Other considerations are taken into account as well.
The number and amount of scholarship awards distributed are entirely dependent on the contributions our Program receives from generous Pennsylvania Businesses and fluctuate accordingly. While it is our desire to assist all families who meet the application criteria, every year many more families apply than we are able to assist.
Q. What is the average scholarship amount?
A. Awards are partial scholarships. In past years awards have ranged from $300-$1,000 per student for the school year.
Q. If I received an award last year, will I receive it again this year?
A. Scholarships are not guaranteed from year to year and families must re-apply each year. In the spring, applications will automatically be sent to families who received awards for the prior school year.
Q. If I received an award last year, do I need to request an application for this year?
A. No, in the spring applications will automatically be sent to families who received awards for the prior school year. If you received an award from our Program last year, do not request an application unless your address has changed since last Fall.
Q. How much is the application fee?
A. There is a one-time non-refundable application fee of $30.00 per family. The same application can be applied to multiple institutions provided they use the FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment services. FACTS accepts all major Credit Cards (Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover).
Q. When is the application due?
A. Applications for 2017-2018 will no longer be accepted after July 1, 2017. Only complete applications will be processed. Incomplete applications will not be considered for awards.
Q. Is a separate application required for each student within a family?
A. No, only one application is required per family. Add all eligible dependent children to your application when you apply.
Request an Application
You can request an application by e-mail or via the website for a scholarship for the 2014-2015 school year starting January 1, 2014. Requests made before this date will not be accepted.
Applications will be available to download on the website, or can be requested by e-mail.
Applications will be emailed to individuals when it becomes available.
PLEASE NOTE: Applications are no longer available by mail, unless you received a scholarship last year FCSP 2013-2014 Award Recipients will automatically receive applications by mail. Please do not request an application if you received an award from our Program for last school year. Please do notify us if your address has changed since you received an award last Fall 2013.
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