Opportunity Tax Credit Scholarship Fund

Applications for the K-12 Opportunity Tax Credit Fund for the 2020-2021 school year will be accepted from May 15, 2020 through May 31, 2020.

Applying for a scholarship is a 3-step process: STEP 1) you must first complete a General Application (i.e. select K-12 Tuition); STEP 2) you must next complete a Conditional Application (i.e. in this step you will answer general questions about yourself); STEP 3) you must complete an application for any specific opportunities where you feel you meet the application requirements — in other words, remember to apply for the specific tax credit scholarship/s that you are eligible for and want to be considered for, following the completion of your General and Conditional application.

Scholarships are awarded to residents of Berks County who reside within the attendance boundary of a low-achieving K-12 school to attend a participating nonpublic school or a participating public school located in a school district outside the recipient’s school district of residence. A low achieving school is defined as a public elementary or secondary school ranking in the bottom 15% of its designation as an elementary or secondary school. This ranking is based upon the combined math and reading PSSA scores.

An eligible student is a school-age student who is a resident of Berks County, Pennsylvania, and who lives within the attendance boundaries of a low-achieving school (as determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education annually), including an eligible student with a disability, and is a member of a household with an annual income no greater than $90,000 plus $15,842 for each dependent member of the household.

With respect to an eligible student with a disability, multiply the sum of $90,000 plus the allowance (s) of $15,842 per student and dependent, by the support level factor of 1.50 if the student is not enrolled in a special education school or by the support level factor of 2.993 if the student is enrolled as a student in a special education school. To be considered an eligible student with a disability, the student must meet the following criteria: 1) is either enrolled in a special education school or has otherwise been identified as a “child with a disability” as defined in Title 34 CFR 300.8; 2) needs special education and related services; 3) is enrolled in a school; and 4) is a member of a household that does not exceed the maximum annual household income.

Applicants will be notified by the end of June.

In order to apply for a scholarship, you must first click the Sign Up button in the top right corner to create an account. If you already established an account, click Sign In to proceed with applying for a scholarship.

Note: This program is not fully supported when using Internet Explorer. We recommend using Google Chrome or Firefox or Safari or Microsoft Edge as your browser to use this program. Also, we recommend you do not attempt to complete an application using a cell phone.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Student Information - Applicant (parent/guardian) must complete this information for each child in your household you want considered to receive assistance from the Opportunity Tax Credit Scholarship Fund.
    • 1. Student's first and last name:
    • 2. Student's age:
    • 3. Grade student will be entering in upcoming school year:
    • 4. Is this student a member of applicant's household?
    • 5. Name of school this student currently attends:
    • 6. Select the specific "low-achieving" school located within the attendance boundary to your home (i.e. public school this student would be assigned to attend for the upcoming school year).
    • 7a. Select the specific "receiving school" this student is applying for tuition funding to attend in upcoming school year.
    • 7b. If you selected a "receiving school" from the list provided in the preceding question, type N/A as the answer to this question. If you selected "Other" from the "receiving school" list in the previous question, type the name of the "receiving school" this student is applying for tuition funding to attend in upcoming school year. For a complete list of Pennsylvania "receiving schools," visit: https://www.education.pa.gov/K-12/Opportunity%20Scholarship%20Tax%20Credit%20Program/Pages/default.aspx
    • 8a. Annual tuition cost (ex: list in the following format - 1000) to attend school at the "receiving school" where student is applying for tuition funding.
    • 8b. Total amount of other scholarship money (ex: list in the following format - 1000) this student is receiving to cover tuition costs for upcoming school year.
    • 9. Does this student have a disability?