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Milwaukee Parental Choice Program FAQ

What if my income increases after I’m in the program?2021-06-17T20:26:48+00:00

The “once in, always in” provision means your child keeps his or her voucher even if family income rises, as long as your student continues to attend a Choice school and does not voluntarily leave the program. Your family might have some children who qualify and others that don’t depending on the year each one applies to enter one of the Wisconsin School Choice programs.

Do I have to pay additional tuition?2021-06-15T21:12:21+00:00

In grades K-8, the voucher is accepted as full payment for the cost of tuition. In grades 9-12, the school may charge additional tuition if the family’s income is greater than 220 percent of the federal poverty level.

Do I have to pay additional fees?2021-06-15T21:15:36+00:00

Schools are permitted to charge additional fees for the following things:

  • Personal items such as towels, gym clothes or uniforms
  • Social and extracurricular activities not a part of the required curriculum
  • Musical instruments
  • Meals
  • Transportation
  • Before and after-school care
  • High school classes not required for graduation
Is transportation provided?2021-06-15T17:38:21+00:00

It depends on the school and on the school district. Some schools provide transportation. Some districts provide transportation or reimburse the parent a certain amount for their transportation costs. Check directly with the school you plan to attend or with your district of residence.

What happens after I apply?2021-06-15T21:20:50+00:00

The school will notify you within 60 days whether your child has received a voucher or has been placed on a waiting list. If more applications are received than slots available, the school will also let you know the date of the lottery to select Choice students. If your student is placed on the waiting list, the school will let you know what your place in line is. If the school rejects your application, the notice of non-acceptance will give you the reason why.

If your student is offered a Choice seat, you must notify the school within five days whether or not they will attend. You must also provide proof of residency and income before the end of the enrollment period.

Can I send supporting documentation via email?2021-06-15T19:55:33+00:00

Some schools accept the supporting documentation via email. Contact the school directly regarding how to provide the supporting documentation or check their website.

Does my child have to attend religion classes?2021-06-15T20:15:23+00:00

If you don’t want your child to participate in religious activity or religious instruction, simply notify the child’s teacher or the school principal in writing.

How do private schools determine eligibility for the MPCP?2021-06-16T17:26:40+00:00

Eligibility is based on family income, residency, and age of students entering grades K4, K5, and 1. Eligibility is not based on race, ethnic background, religion, prior test scores, grades, recommendations or membership in a church or parish. Choice schools must accept all eligible applications. In the MPCP, the school must have a random drawing to select Choice students if there are more eligible applications submitted than seats available.

How do I apply to the MPCP?2021-06-16T17:29:56+00:00

You need complete the online application each year during the open enrollment period. Open enrollment periods vary by Choice program. MPCP application periods are February 1 – February 22, March 1 – March 22, April 1 – April 20, May 1 – May 20, June 1 – June 21, July 1 – July 20, August 1 – August 20, September 1 – September 14, October 1 – October 20, November 1 – November 22, and December 1 – January 7.

The application is on the DPI website here and you must have an email address to use the system. If your student doesn’t meet the application grade level or prior year attendance requirement, you won’t be able to complete the application.

You may apply to one or more schools at the same time.

Does my child have to meet academic standards to attend a MPCP school?2021-06-16T17:32:53+00:00

All students who meet residency and income requirements are eligible for the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. A school may not use grades or test scores as a condition of acceptance. A school may test students for placement purposes after they’ve been accepted.

What choice programs are available to Wisconsin families?2021-06-17T20:16:36+00:00

Wisconsin is home to four parental choice programs – the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP), the Racine Parental Choice Program (RPCP), the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP), and the Special Needs Scholarship Program (SNSP).

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