Applications for the 2022-2023 school year are not available at this time.

Unfortunately, the Family Choice Scholarship Program is no longer offering scholarships to Pre-K students. Scholarships will only be offered to students in grades K-12.

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 Kindergarten 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.

Important Dates

  • July 1, 2022 – Scholarship Application due date
  • End of August 2022 – Scholarship Notifications will be mailed to parents
  • January 2023 – Scholarship Applications will be available for the 2023-2024 school year

FAQ for Families

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 Simple Tuition Solutions, 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. How much is the application fee?
A. There is a non-refundable application fee of $30 per family.

Q. When is the application due?
A. Applications for 2022–2023 will no longer be accepted after July 1, 2022. 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.

Q. If I submitted an application through Simple Tuition Solutions for another organization or school, must I complete a separate application for Family Choice?
A. No. If this is the case, please contact us at, and we will request that the other organization or school share your application with us so that you don’t have to apply again.