No. All applicant families must additionally provide two pieces of information to St. Paul’s. One is proof of residency. This may be a recent utility bill, a cable bill, a tax bill, or another government-issued mailing that proves that the family lives at the location that it claims. Proof of residency is necessary for all applicants as the state uses this for the distribution of Choice vouchers. Secondly, the family may need to document its financial eligibility. For those using the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) method, this typically means providing their completed and signed 2022 tax forms to Lakeside. [...]
Is my family automatically in the program once we meet the income and residency requirements of the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP)?carlypickerign2023-01-16T19:12:10+00:00
Not necessarily. WPCP guidelines are scheduled to allow a certain percentage (decided prior to the beginning of WPCP enrollment) of the student population of a school district to participate in the program. For example, if a district has 1,000 students, 7% of that total – 70 students – may participate. Keep in mind that all WPCP schools in the area share the 70 students from that district. If the number of applicants from a district exceeds the 7%, a DPI lottery randomly selects which students receive vouchers. This means that some qualified applicants may not be selected. [...]
No. The choice payment covers tuition and education-related fees in full. For example, lunch and milk costs are not covered by the WPCP. If you have questions, contact St. Paul’s choice administrator for more information.
If more students apply to the WPCP than what St. Paul’s opens, the state of Wisconsin will conduct a lottery to select the students. On occasion, a selected student may decide not to attend. If this happens, an opportunity may be extended to a student at that grade level who was not initially selected.
The timing of the application does not give the applicant family an advantage. Those who register near the end of the enrollment period have the same opportunity as those who register early. However, an early application is still recommended to be sure that the state and St. Paul’s receive the correct information.
The state makes the final determination. However, if a student receives a voucher, it may be renewed for the following years. The subsequent applications are much simpler; only residency verification is needed. 4K is considered an “entry point” in the program. This means all 4K students who meet the income criteria may apply. The cap for vouchers varies each school year is a certain percentage of the total enrollment of the school district where the family resides. If more than that percentage from the district apply for vouchers, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction randomly selects which eligible students receive [...]
To meet the 2023-2024 income requirements for the program a student’s family must have an Adjusted Gross Income at or below 220% of the federal poverty level. An additional $7,000 is allowed for a married couple as illustrated in the table below. 2023-24 Adjusted Gross Income limits are: Family of 1 $29,898 Family of 2 $40,282 Family of 3 $50,666 Family of 4 $61,050 Family of 5 $71,434 Family of 6 $81,818 *Add $10,384 for each additional family member beyond 6 **Income is the Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) on the 1040 tax form for 2022