Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Funding

 

What is the “Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit” program?

The Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) program enables eligible students residing within the boundaries of a low-achieving public elementary school or high school to apply for a scholarship to attend another public or non-public school. “Low achieving” is defined as ranking in the bottom 15% for combined math and reading scores on the previous school year’s PSSA.

 

How much OSTC funding will Trinity Academy receive?

Funding amount will be undetermined and will vary from school to school. Opportunity scholarships are funded by businesses making contributions to scholarship organizations in exchange for a tax credit. Even if a student is eligible for a scholarship, that scholarship is contingent upon funds if available.

 

Is my designated public school low-achieving?

Click here to navigate to the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s page on OSTC. Refer to the “List of Low-Achieving Schools” PDF file.

 

Am I eligible? What if we already attend Trinity Academy?

If and when any Opportunity Scholarships are available at Trinity Academy, students who live within the boundaries of a low-achieving public school, as determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, are eligible to receive a scholarship. This includes families who are already attending Trinity Academy.

 

What are the requirements of an OSTC scholarship?

The scholarship can only be used for tuition costs and school-related fees. The amount of scholarship may not exceed the Trinity Academy Tuition rate. Scholarship funds received by a parent are not considered taxable income.

 

How do I apply?

Parents must fill out an OSTC Application Form available starting in March for the next school year. OSTC applications must be submitted by the required due date for consideration.

For more information regarding the OSTC program, please contact the Main Office at 570-462-3927.

 

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