Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (OSTCP)
Attention: This information pertains only to the families of students who attend AG South Middle School and Masontown Elementary.
The Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (OSTCP) was created pursuant to Act 85 of 2012 (72 P.S. §1701-G.1, et seq). This program enables eligible students residing within the boundaries of a low-achieving school to apply for a scholarship to attend a participating public or nonpublic school. Albert Gallatin South Middle School and Masontown Elementary are designated as low achieving schools.
A low achieving school is defined as a public school ranking in the bottom 15 percent of its designation for the previous full academic year.
The scholarships are funded by businesses that make contributions to scholarship organizations in exchange for a tax credit. The number of scholarships available to parents depends on the amount of contributions made by businesses.
Opportunity scholarships will be awarded by approved opportunity scholarship organizations, not the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) nor PDE. The list of opportunity scholarship organizations is available on DCED’s website, www.newpa.com/ostc. This link provides specific instructions on how to contact approved opportunity scholarship organizations.
Please see the linked document below for a Program Overview and other important information.