Wisconsin Parental Choice Program
Tuition-Free Catholic Education!
Are you interested in having your children attend St. Ignatius Catholic School but worry that you might not be able to afford it? Consider applying through the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program!
St. Ignatius Catholic School is a participating school in the WPCP (state voucher program) for 2021-22, which provides tuition for eligible students in the state wishing to attend a private school.
Eligibility is determined by three factors: residency, income, and where your student attended school in the previous year. Here’s how to determine if your child may be eligible:
Residency: You will need to prove you reside in the state of Wisconsin.
Income: Eligibility is determined on a sliding scale that considers your family size and 2020 adjusted gross income. At right is a quick chart to consult. You will have to prove your income.
Previous Attendance: If your student already attends a private school, he or she must be entering K4, kindergarten, 1st grade, or 9th grade in 2021-2022 to be eligible. If your student attended a public, virtual, or charter school this year (2020-21) or is homeschooled, he or she may be eligible to apply for any grade, K4-12.
How to Apply:
If you think your child is eligible, we encourage you to consult with us about how to complete an acceptable application. The WPCP application period begins February 1 and ends April 15. The program has a number limit set by the state. Applicants will learn whether they have been awarded a seat in late spring by the DPI. All online applications and documentation must be submitted to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and school before the April 15 deadline. To schedule an appointment please call (920) 759-9290.
1. Begin Online:
The application begins with an online form. You will need to create an account with the DPI by using your email address and a password that you choose. Then you must sign in using those credentials.
Follow the prompts to fill in the application. When you reach the income section, please choose the “DPI method” of income determination. We recommend, for various reasons, that you do not simply offer your Social Security number to determine eligibility. We also ask that you DO NOT SUBMIT your application. It will be in a queue holding for the next steps when you attend an application session or visit the school. We want to be certain that the documentation you are providing matches what you are submitting to the DPI online.
Find the online application after February 1st here: http://dpi.wi.gov/choice.
2. Bring Documentation:
Your application is not complete until you provide acceptable documentation to the school, preferably during our application sessions. Here’s what you’ll need:
Residency: The documentation you provide must have your formal name as used in the application along with the address you used on the application. Acceptable forms include: a utility bill (gas/electric/cable bill), government correspondence, W-2 statement, or paycheck stub. All must be within a month or so of your application and have a date.
Income: Use the DPI method and then provide one of the following: 2020 W-2s, 1040 federal income tax form for 2020, Social Security or SSI benefit statement for 2020. If you do not make enough to file taxes, bring a statement of your 2020 state benefits and child support for the year, which you can access online in most communities.
If you have questions, please contact Lynn at St. Ignatius Catholic School at (920) 759-9290 for more information!