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 school in Pennsylvania that ranks in the bottom 15 percent of its designation as an elementary or secondary school based on combined math and reading scores on the most recent PSSA. This term does not include a brick-and-mortar charter school, cyber charter school or area vocational-technical school. Students (including students entering kindergarten) who reside within the boundaries of a low-achieving school as of the first day of classes will be eligible to apply for an opportunity scholarship.