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The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) provides K-12 scholarships to District families interested in enrolling their child(ren) in one of over 50 participating private schools. Learn about the family eligibility requirements, application process, and if you are a returning parent, how to continue receiving an OSP scholarship.

Apply for an Opportunity Scholarship

The OSP awards K-12 scholarships to families of the District with school-aged children interested in attending a participating private school. It is FREE to apply and you can apply for all children. Scholarships awards are up to $12,385 for high school and up to $8,256 for elementary and middle schools. Awards can be used for; tuition, uniforms, books, and transportation.

Family Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Current D.C. residents
  • Child(ren) 5 years old by September 30th
  • Current recipients of SNAP benefits (food stamps) OR meet income guidelines (185% of the poverty threshold)

Apply Online

The parent/guardian of the child must have a working email address and a social security number to register for the the online application. The parent/guardian of the child must electronically sign the Agreement to Participate terms and complete the student evaluation for each child. Please allow at least 45 minutes to complete the application.

Important: If the parent/guardian does not have an email address or social security number, they are still eligible to apply, please contact the Program Team by calling 1-888-329-6884. Your application will not be considered submitted until you reach the end of the application, click submit, and receive an email from the Trust confirming submission, which includes an application household number.

Apply at an Event

The OSP is hosting several application events throughout the District. Parents/guardians who submit applications at an OSP event will have their applications reviewed by the Program Team.To find an application event in your neighborhood, visit Upcoming Dates for event details. View the Application Checklist for information on items to bring to prove eligibility.

The scholarship application cycle has ended for school year 2014-15. Please check back in the fall for the 2015-16 school year scholarship application.

Proving Eligibility

Along with filling out an application, you will need to provide documentation to prove the residential, age and financial requirements for the program. Use the Application Checklist to learn which documents are acceptable to prove eligibility. Parents/guardians who have confirmed application submissions will begin to receive notification of the status of their student's application documents.

Once the Trust has determined if your child is eligible for a K-12 scholarship, he/she will go through Baseline Testing. After baseline testing, scholarships will be awarded through a lottery held in 2014.

Renew an Opportunity scholarship

Students currently participating in the OSP must renew and prove eligibility each school year to continue using the scholarship. Parents/guardians can renew their child's scholarship at an application event. To renew a scholarship, parents/guardians must meet the the following requirements:

  • Current D.C. Residents
  • Current recipients of SNAP OR meet income guidelines (300% of the poverty threshold)

If you have a child currently participating in the OSP and want to apply for a new child you will have to submit both a Renewal and an Application form.

Private School Search 

Applying for the OSP is NOT the same as applying to a school. After you have filled out an OSP application, you should begin applying to participating schools for your child which is a separate application process for admission at the school. Apply soon to to schools - being proactive now will give your child a strong chance of being admitted to their first choice. Visit our Choosing a School page to help you with your search.