The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) knows how important it is that you understand how to best use your scholarship. Here in this section you will learn about major aspects of the OSP in order to receive the full benefits the program.
Our team is here to help you search, choose, and apply to the participating OSP private schools in the District. Once your child has been accepted to one of our participating schools, we will provide you with a School Placement Form (SPF). This form allows your child's school to bill your scholarship for tuition and other educational fees.
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If your child is deemed eligible, you will receive a SPF in an award packet after completing the renewal/application process. To complete the SPF, section 1 must be filled out and signed by the parent/guardian on file with the OSP. Next, section 2 must be signed by a school official. After the form is completed by both parties, it must be returned to the Trust so we can place your child at the chosen school. Finally, we will send you School Placement Letter, which verifies the name of the school and the grade that your student is placed in. The completion of this form allows the school of your choice to bill the scholarship and for payment to be issued.
To maximize the use of your scholarship plan ahead! Talk with your child's school to go over all fees and services that may be charged to your scholarship.
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Once your child has been placed at one of our participating private schools, the student's school can bill your scholarship for tuition, and other fees. For schools with tuition amounts that are more than the total scholarship cap, your scholarship will be used to pay for tuition first and no additional fees may be covered. You can talk to your child's school about other options to cover the remaining balance such as additional financial aid and payment plans to spread the costs throughout the school year. If tuition is less than the scholarship cap, then you may be able to cover other school-related fees with your scholarship. Talk to your child's school about other charges that can be covered after tuition. We encourage you to meet with school officials at the beginning of the school year to go over the services that are most important to you and your child.
With each check that arrives to your child's school, we send out the Invoice Confirmation Report (ICR), which details the charges made by the school to your scholarship. It is your responsibility to go to the school and review the charges listed on the ICR with the school official. Do not sign the ICR and check without reviewing all charges - it is your right!
In reviewing the charges you will find:
There should be no surprises - the charges to your scholarship are based on services and fees you signed up for when talking with your child's school in the beginning of the school year. Contact your child's school if you have any questions. Before signing the ICR and check, you must review the ICR, to be sure the services and fees you had signed up for at the beginning of the school year are what is being covered by the scholarship payments.
Your scholarship pays for tuition first. If the tuition is less than the scholarship cap, then ask your child's school which fees can be billed to your scholarship. It is up to each school to decide which fees they will allow to be billed to your scholarship.
Fees that may be covered:
Fees that cannot be covered:
Talk with your child's school to confirm that these fees can be covered by your scholarship. Uniform vouchers are not provided by the Trust.
Summer school may be paid for if money is remaining from your student's scholarship after:
Remember, payments can only be sent to the school where your child is enrolled. To use another summer school program, talk to school officials about billing your scholarship.
Sign up for summer school early! It is your responsibility to check with your school to ensure your scholarship is billed by the third payment deadline and that you have signed a summer school registration form listing the amount you will be charged.
In order for your child to continue using the scholarship, you will need to renew annually. As a renewing OSP parent, you will need to meet the scholarship requirements: