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Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program

The Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (OSTCP) was created pursuant to Act 85 of 2012, which enables eligible students residing within the boundaries of a low-achieving school to apply for a scholarship to attend another public or nonpublic school. 

In Pennsylvania, a low-achieving school is defined as a public elementary or secondary school that ranked in the lowest 15% of its designation as elementary or secondary for the school years shown below based on the combined Mathematics/Algebra I and Reading/Literature scores from the annual assessments administered (PASA, PSSA, and/or Keystone). 

Pursuant to Section 2010-B of the School Code, 24 P.S. §20-2010-B, the Pennsylvania Department of Education is required to publish a list of low achieving schools, which is available below.

Low Achieving Schools

For archived lists of low-achieving schools, please contact the OSTCP team at ra-ostcp@pa.gov

Schools That Receive OSTCP Students

Become A School That Accepts OSTCP Students

Schools that wish to accept students that receive scholarships from this program must complete a participation form by no later than February 15th each year. The Pennsylvania Department of Education publicly posts a list of these schools (above) on or before June 6th of each year.

Please note: PDE's role in this program is to identify low-achieving schools and, as a courtesy, provide a list of schools that accept students from this program. PDE does not accept applications, approve the scholarship organizations or make any decisions on the amount of funds granted to a student. These decisions are handled through the Department of Community and Economic Development