Wisconsin Parental Choice Program


The 2023-24 Wisconsin Parental Choice Program application period opens February 1, 2023 and closes at 4:00 p.m. on April 20, 2023.

Late applications and late required documents will NOT be accepted for any reason.

Families are responsible for completing the required application and providing supporting documentation by the posted deadline. This deadline changes every year and is shared via this webpage when made available.

Q: What is a tuition voucher?

A: Students who are residents of Wisconsin, outside of the Milwaukee Public School and Racine Unified School Districts, with an Adjusted Gross Income at or below 220% of the federal poverty level are eligible to receive a voucher to attend a private or religious school through the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program. Those chosen for a voucher do not have to pay any tuition, books, enrollment fees, or family fees.

Q: Who may apply?

A: Any public school student in grades 4K-12 who meets the income requirements; Any student who in the previous school year was not enrolled in school; Any non-voucher student currently attending a private or religious school may apply to the program only when entering 4K, kindergarten, and 1st grade; Any student who participated in the MPCP OR RPCP the previous school year

Q: What if my income increases in subsequent years?

A: The “once in, always in” provision means your child keeps his or her voucher even if family income rises. Family income is determined for each student in the year they enter the program. Families could have some children qualify and others that do not qualify depending on family income in the year each child seeks entry into the program. The “once in, always in” provision applies only if a student continues to attend a school in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program and does not voluntarily leave the program.

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The 2023-24 Adjusted Gross Income limits* are shown below.

(220% of the Federal Poverty Level)

Family SizeMaximum Yearly Income*Married Income

For each additional family member, add $10,384.

* As determined by the Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) on the federal income tax return for the prior calendar year (2022 for the 2023-24 school year).

Family income includes the income of the child’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) who reside in the same household as the student applicant. If the child’s parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have split custody of the student applicant, the parent/guardian with the majority of the custody must be the only parent/guardian to apply. If there is a 50-50 split, only one parent/guardian can apply. Family size includes parent(s)/guardian(s) and their children by birth, marriage, or adoption who reside in the same household as the student applicant.