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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program?

Students that are residents of the City of Milwaukee with a family income at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible to attend a private school through the program.

Do I meet the income requirements?

To meet the income requirements for the program a student’s family must have an adjusted gross income at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level. A married couple may subtract $7,000 from their income before determining eligibility. Income limits are shown below.

Family Size             Single Family                                Married Family

1                                      $34,953                       $41,953

2                                      $47,181                       $54,181

3                                      $59,409                       $66,409

4                                      $71,637                       $78,637

5                                      $83,865                       $90,865

6                                      $96,093                       $103,093

What schools participate in the program?

For a list of schools that participate in the program please click here.

How do I apply for the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program?

To apply for the program a parent must complete and submit an application directly to the school they are applying to during one of a school’s chosen open enrollment periods. When applying a parent must provide proof they meet residency and income requirements. The application can be obtained at the school you wish to attend. 

Does my child have to meet academic standards to attend a school through the program?

A student that meets residency and income requirements is eligible for the program. A school may not use grades or test scores as a condition of acceptance into the program. Once a student is accepted into the program, a school may test a student for placement purposes.

Can I apply to more than one school through the program?

Yes

When will I know if my child was accepted?

A school in the program has 60 days to notify each applicant in writing whether or not they were accepted into the school.

How much is the voucher worth?

In 2014-2015, the amount of the voucher is the lesser of $7,210 for grades K-8 and $7,856 for grades 9-12 or the school’s audited per-pupil cost.

Will I have to pay additional tuition?

Schools may not charge additional tuition to any student in grades K-8. Schools may charge additional tuition to students in grades 9-12 only if the student’s family has an income above 220 percent of the federal poverty level. Each school determines whether or not it will charge additional tuition and what the amount will be.

What happens if I feel the additional tuition is too much?

Each school is required to have an appeals policy. Contact the school for a copy of this policy.

Will the school provide transportation?

A private school in the program is not required to provide transportation. Each school in the program will determine whether or not they will provide transportation. Please contact the individual school you plan to attend for more information.

Can my child be suspended or expelled from school?

State law requires schools to have policies and procedures in place regarding suspension and expulsion. Once a student is accepted and enrolled into the school, he or she is required to follow a school’s policies and procedures. A parent should contact the school for a copy of its policies and procedures.

My child has a special need. Can I apply for the program?

Yes, eligibility for the program is only based on residency and income requirements. Please contact the school you are interested in enrolling your child in for more information on what services they provide.

Am I required to volunteer at the school?

No

Is my child required to participate in religious activities?

No. A parent may submit a written request to the student’s teacher or principal if they wish to opt their child out of religious instruction.

Where can I find more information on the program?

For more information see the Department of Public Instruction Website.

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