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Opportunity Scholarship Program

Big Changes for SY 17-18 Applicants!!

There are important updates regarding the expansion of the OSP for the 2017/18 school year. Serving Our Children (SOC), Administrator of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP), has shared with the following updates:

  • Students that are currently enrolled in a private school who meet the residency and income guidelines of the program are now eligible to receive an OSP award.
  • Siblings of current students attending a private school will have an absolute priority to receive an award. 
  • On Friday, February 24th, SOC notified 756 parents who have completed their application that their student/s have been awarded an OSP scholarship for the 2017/18 school year. Parents will receive a School Placement Form for 17/18 school year on April 1st from Serving Our Children.
  • The next school fair has been set for Sat. April 8th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at THEARC DC. A follow up event is being planned.

If you have any questions, please contact kevinm@servingourchildrendc.org.

2017 HHS Poverty Guidelines (for use with 2016 income)

Under the SOAR Act, a student is eligible to receive a scholarship if they reside in DC and come from a household who's income does not exceed 185% of poverty. The income cap rises to 300% of poverty for renewing families only.

Household Size    185% of Poverty
(OSP Applicants)
300% of Poverty
(OSP Applicants) 
 1  $22,311 $36, 180 
 2  $30,044  $48, 720
 3  $37,777  $61,260
 4  $45,510  $73,800
 5 $53,243 $86,340 
 6 $60,976  $98,880 
 7 $68,709  $111,420 
 8 $76,442  $123,960 
 Each additional person add: $7,696  $12,480 
 

CALLING ALL DC RESIDENTS!!!

SUPPORT THE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR OPPORTUNITY AND RESULTS (SOAR) REAUTHORIZATION ACT!!

Please sign your name onto the Help All DC Children petition and share this message with other DC residents. Whether your child receives the Opportunity Scholarship or not, we appreciate your support of the crucially important SOAR legislation, which strengthens the city’s education sector as a whole via its three-sector initiative for public, public charter, and private school education. It only takes a moment to add your name and location (optional, but please include the name of your school, not physical location). 

This petition and the signatures will soon be shared with members of Congress to show them that DC residents want to support this important education funding. Please let Brian Radziwill (radziwillb@adw.org) know if you have any questions.

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