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 schools within this Commonwealth that ranked in the lowest 15% of its
designation as elementary for the 2013-14 school year based on the combined
Mathematics/Algebra I and Reading/Literature scores from the annual assessments
(PASA, PSSA, and/or Keystone) administered in the 2014.
The term shall not include a charter school, cyber
charter school or area vocational-technical school.
The definition we used was a secondary school had an 11th
grade and an elementary school was anyone else.
Information for Parents
Information for Administrators
Applications to receive students who receive Opportunity
Scholarships in the 2016-17 school year may be submitted to the Pennsylvania
Department of Education throughout the 2015-16 school year.
PDE will begin posting the list of receiving schools the
week of May 2 and will be periodically updated as new requests are received.