St. Francis de Sales Parish School is excited to participate in the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program starting with 2017-18 school year!
The Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP) allows students of qualifying families to attend St. Francis de Sales Parish School (SFDS) tuition-free. SFDS, on behalf of the student’s parents/guardians, receives a state voucher to cover the cost of the student’s tuition.
When do I apply for the WPCP voucher?
The open application period for the WPCP for the 2017-18 school year runs from February 1st through April 20th, 2017.
Who is eligible to receive a WPCP school voucher?
There are three qualifying requirements:
- The student must reside in the State of Wisconsin, but outside the city of Milwaukee and the Racine Unified School District.
- The student must meet at least one of the following attendance requirements:
- attended a public school in Wisconsin in the 2016-17 school year,
- not enrolled in school (home schooled) in the 2016-17 school year,
- entering kindergarten (4K/5K) through 6th grade at SFDS in the 2017-18 school year, or
- participated in the WPCP in the 2016-17 school year.
- For the 2017-18 school year, the family income (Form 1040 adjusted gross income for 2016) of a student applying to the WPCP must be at or below the amount listed in the table below. Family income includes the income of the student’s parents/guardians who reside in the same household as the student applicant.
|Family Size||Max. Yearly Income (One Parent Home)||Max. Yearly Income (Two Parent Home)|
For each additional member add $7,696
Family size includes parents/legal guardians and their children by birth, marriage or adoption who reside in the same household as the student applicant.
Steps to Apply for Wisconsin Parental Choice Program
- Parents/guardians must complete the online student application through the following webpage: http://dpi.wi.gov/sms/choice-programs/student-applications
The application period is from February 1 through April 20, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted for any reason.
- An e-mail address is required to register. Communications on the status of applications and the steps necessary to complete them will be e-mailed to the parents or legal guardians.
- Once an application is electronically submitted, the parents or guardians will be able to correct it online until the final day of the application period. Be sure to record the e-mail address and password that you use. Missing or incorrect information will cause problems in processing applications and may cause them to be ineligible.
- Parents/guardians must provide proof of residency documentation to SFDS. The school must be given a copy of ONE of the following documents, which must be dated no more than three (3) months prior to the start of the open application period in which the online application was submitted:
- Water, sewer, gas, electric, cable, satellite, or landline phone bill or letter from utility company. Cell phone bills are NOT acceptable.
- Lease agreement with a term that includes the date the parent applies to the school that is in the name of one of the parents/legal guardians at the address on the student application.
- Wage statement or W2 year-end earnings statement.
- Recent government correspondence. Printed statements from Access.gov can be used as residency support if the statement is during the required period.
- Parents/guardians will need to provide income documentation to SFDS that is applicable to the income verification method they selected on the student online application.
In the online student application, the parents/guardians must select one of two methods to verify family income:
The DPI (Department of Public Instruction) method requires the parents or guardians to answer a series of income questions in the online application. Once completed, the parents/guardians must provide hard copies of income documentation to SFDS as directed in the application. The school will then verify that the student’s family meets the WPCP’s income requirements. This information will be kept confidential.
DPI Method — Acceptable income documentation:
- Copy the first two pages of your 1040 Federal Income Tax Return for 2016, which needs to be signed and dated by taxpayer(s).
- If your taxes are not completed, you may submit copies of all 2016 income documentation (employer W2s, 1099s, etc.).
- If you do not file an income tax return, you must provide copies of all other income documentation for 2016 (Social Security statements, unemployment compensation statements, child support statements, etc.).
The DOR (Department of Revenue) method requires the parents/guardians to provide their Social Security numbers or taxpayer identification numbers to the school. SFDS then enters these numbers into the state system and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue determines income eligibility for the program. Please note that the DOR method is final, and there is no way to appeal if they deny your application due to income.
FAQs about SFDS and the Wisconsin Parental School Choice Program Is There a Pupil Participant Limit for the WPCP?
For the for 2017-2018 school year, no more than 2% of the eligible school-age children of a public-school district may participate in the WPCP. If the number of WPCP applicants exceeds a district’s 2% limit, then the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) will conduct a random drawing of all eligible applications. Qualifying applicants not selected are placed on a waiting listing. Please note that SFDS draws students from many different districts with each district having its own 2% cap.
Current law includes provisions for this cap to grow by one percentage point each year, until reaching 10%, and then the cap is lifted starting with the 2026-27 school year.
Is early application advantageous?
The timing of the application does not give the applicant family an advantage. Those who register near the end of the application period have the same opportunity as those who register earlier. However, an early application is still recommended to insure the DPI and SFDS received the correct information.
If my student is selected in 2017-18 school year, do they need to re-apply each year?
There is a simplified re-application process for current WPCP students that does not require the filing of financial information. However, families will still need to prove their residency and must complete the re-application process within the application window (February 1 to April 20, 2018).
What if my family qualifies, but my student is not chosen for the WPCP?
In addition to applying for the WPCP program, families are also encouraged to apply to the SFDS for financial assistance. Each year, SFDS provides thousands of dollars of financial aid to many families and students.
For more information or for answers to specific questions, please contact Mike Lloyd at (262) 758-9225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Downloadable Information from the Wisconsin DPI website
- Allowed Residency Documents
- Alternative Residency Documentation Form
- Explanation of Department of Revenue (DOR) Income Determination Method
- 2017-18 WPCP Income Limits