Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program
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
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.