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Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program

The Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (OSTCP) was created pursuant to Act 85 of 2012.  This program enables eligible students residing within the boundaries of a low-achieving school to apply for a scholarship to attend another public or nonpublic school. A low-achieving school is defined as a public elementary or secondary school ranking in the bottom 15 percent of their designation as an elementary or secondary school based on the combined math and reading scores on the previous school year's PSSA.

Information for Parents
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The deadline to submit applications to receive students who receive Opportunity Scholarships for the 2012-13 school year must be received by the Pennsylvania Department of Education or postmarked by August 15, 2012. Applications that are received or postmarked after this date will not be eligible to receive students for the upcoming school year.

Due to the volume of applications that the Department has already received, the list of schools eligible to receive students with an Opportunity Scholarship in the 2012-13 school year will be continuously updated in the next few days as the Department works to verify all of the submitted information. If you have submitted an application on or before August 15, 2012, the Department will be sending emails to verify the information that has been submitted. We thank everyone in advance for their patience.