Step 1: Check School Eligibility

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Before applying for an Opportunity Scholarship Fund scholarship, a student must be accepted at a qualifying private school, and that school must be a participant in the Opportunity Scholarship Fund program.

There are over 55 accredited private K-12 schools in Oklahoma who are members of the OSF.  There are another 33 schools who are members of Catholic SGOs.

But not all have signed up.  Our list indicates in red those schools who have formally agreed to join the OSF.   Also inquire at your school. If the school your child attends is an OSF participant, go to Step 2.

Click below to view a current list.

Step 2: Determine Student Eligibility

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1. The eligible student must: 1) be a legal resident of the United States, 2) live in Oklahoma, AND 3) have been accepted by an accredited Oklahoma private school for the 2017-18 school year.

2. The student must meet ONE of the following three criteria: Live in a family within the Adjusted Gross Income guidelines OR; attend, or live in the attendance zone, of a public school designated as “in need of improvement” by the State Board of Education OR; attended an Oklahoma public school with an individualized education program (IEP).

3. If the student is eligible, go to Step 3.

2016-17 INCOME GUIDELINES

Family size of 2 $  88,412
Family size of 3 $111,500
Family size of 4 $134,588
Family size of 5 $157,676

For each additional family
member, add $23,088

Please consult the member school’s income eligibility  guidelines as the school’s guidelines are usually lower than those allowed under this law.

Step 3: Complete Application and Submit to School

1. Complete an application for each of your children eligible for a scholarship.

2. Include the first two pages of the family’s 2016 federal income tax return (Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ).  Speak with your school’s leadership about accepted alternate proofs of income.

3. Return the completed application(s) and adjusted gross income documentation to the accredited private school at which your child is accepted.  DO NOT send the application directly to the OSF.

4. The school will evaluate the family financial needs in accordance with school policy.  If the student is deemed eligible and appropriate by the participating school administration, the school will endorse the application, include a recommended scholarship amount, and forward the application to the Opportunity Scholarship Fund office for processing.

5. If there are available funds in the school account, and if the student meets all eligibility requirements established in the law, the OSF will prepare a scholarship check made out jointly to the parent and school – and will mail the check to the school.