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Wisconsin Parental Choice Program

APPLY ONLINE

The 2022-23 Wisconsin Parental Choice Program application period has closed.

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 K-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 kindergarten, 1st, and 9th grade; Any student who participated in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program OR Racine Parental Choice Program 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 Wisconsin Parental Choice Program and does not voluntarily leave the program.

Q: Can I be charged additional fees?

A: You can be charged reasonable fees for:

  • Personal items such as towels, gym clothes, or uniforms
  • Social and extracurricular activities as long as the activity is not a part of the required curriculum
  • Musical instruments
  • Meals
  • High school classes not required or credited for graduation
  • Transportation
  • Before-school and after-school child care

CLICK HERE for more FAQs about the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program.

The 2022-23 Adjusted Gross Income limits* are shown below.
(220% of the Federal Poverty Level)
Family Size
Single
Married (+$7,000)
1 $28,336 -
2 $38,324 -
3 $48,312 $55,312
4 $58,300 $65,300
5 $68,288 $75,288
6 $78,276 $85,276

For each additional family member, add $9,988.

* As determined by the Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) on the federal income tax return for the prior calendar year (2021 for the 2022-23 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.


CONTINUING OR WAITING LIST STUDENT APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

If your child is currently a Choice student at Regis Catholic Schools or is on the DPI waiting list, you must reapply each year online and provide residency documentation to the RCS Central Office. No income documentation is required.

STEP 1 | Complete Online Application

STEP 2 | Submit Residency Documentation to the Regis Catholic Schools Central Office (2728 Mall Drive, Ste 200 | Eau Claire)

DEADLINE = April 21, 2022 at 4 p.m.

Do you have an incoming kindergarten or transfer student you want to submit an application for? If so, you must meet the 2022-23 income requirements to apply for that student. If you don't meet the income requirements for the new student, you can still reapply for your current Choice students. Families who have students in the Choice program or on the waiting list and want to add a new student to their application must meet the income limits set by the DPI to apply for that student.

NEW STUDENT APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

If your family meets the income requirements, you may apply for the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program. NOTE: If your child is already attending Regis Catholic Schools during the 2021-22 school year and is NOT already in the Choice program, the student must be entering kindergarten, 1st, or 9th grade in order to apply. (Incoming transfer students in any grade are eligible to apply.)

STEP 1 | Complete Online Application

STEP 2 | Submit Income Verification & Residency Documentation to the Regis Catholic Schools Central Office (2728 Mall Drive, Ste 200 | Eau Claire)

DEADLINE = April 21, 2022 at 4 p.m.


INCOME VERIFICATION

Documentation required will be based on your online application. When you submit your online application, you have the choice of how you want Regis Catholic Schools to verify your income. Please be sure the information you provide to RCS matches your online application.

Option #1: DPI (Department of Instruction) Method (Recommended)

The DPI income determination method is based on the 2021 income. You will need to enter the adjusted gross income on the return (1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ) in your online application. PROVIDE RCS A COPY OF YOUR 2021 FEDERAL TAX RETURN 1040 (FIRST TWO PAGES ONLY). COPY MUST BE SIGNED AND DATED (BOTH TAXPAYERS SIGNATURES NEEDED WHEN FILING JOINTLY). The amount entered into the online application must match the income documentation provided to RCS.

Option #2: DOR (Department of Revenue) Method

All parent(s)/guardian(s) listed on the application must provide their social security number (SSN) or taxpayer ID number to the Regis Catholic Schools Central Office in order for income to be verified by the DOR. When using this method, please be certain you meet income eligibility for both 2020 and 2021 or your application could consequently be ineligible.

RESIDENCY DOCUMENTS ACCEPTED

1. Utility Bills: Water, Gas, Electric, Cable, Satellite or Landline Phone (Cell Phone Bills NOT Acceptable)

2. Wage Statement or W2 Year-End Earnings Statement

3. Lease Agreement (Signed and Dated) The lease must have a term that includes the date the parent/legal guardian applies to the school (must be complete and legible) that is the name of one of the parents/legal guardians at the address on the student application. If a month-to-month lease is used, it must be dated within three-months prior to the start of the open application period in which you submit the online application to the school and the end of that open application period. Expired leases and rent receipts are NOT acceptable residency documents.

4. Governmental Correspondence: Property Tax Bill, Supplemental Security Income "SSI", Wisconsin Works "W2", FoodShare, United States Postal Service, Housing Assistance Letter (Printed statements from Access.gov can be used as residency support if the statement is during the required period.)

ONLY THE ABOVE LISTED DOCUMENTS ARE ACCEPTABLE. WE WILL NOT ACCEPT DOCUMENTS OUTSIDE OF THIS LIST. All residency documentation must be dated within three (3) months of when you submit your online application. Full name on application must exactly match the residency document you provide. (No shortened or nicknames are allowed.) For joint applicants, we only require residency documents to have one (1) of the applicant names. The full street address, including city, state, and zip code, must exactly match the online application.


VIDEO | How to Fill Out the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program Application

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Kendall Alexander, Class of 2022
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- John Mulligan, Class of 1983

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