Special Needs Scholarship Program

Special Needs Scholarship Program

163 Choice Schools

1,757 Participating Students

 

Enroll in the SNSP

 

The Special Needs Scholarship Program (SNSP) allows a student with a disability, who meets certain eligibility requirements, to receive a state-funded scholarship to attend a private school that is located in Wisconsin and participating in the SNSP. The school receives a state aid payment for each eligible student.

SNSP Student Eligibility

  • Has an individualized Education Program (IEP) or services plan that meets program requirements
  • Is a Wisconsin resident
  • Is not simultaneously enrolled in other schooling
  • No income requirements for eligibility

SNSP Scholarship Amounts

For the 2021–2022 school year, SNSP students received $13,013 in scholarship funds. Students who have been determined to no longer have a disability receive a partial scholarship beginning in the school year following the determination. A partial scholarship student is at $8,336 for K-8 and $8,982 for 9-12.

High Cost funding is an option for schools with individual students requiring additional services. A Statement of Actual Cost must be submitted. The state may pay up to 150% of the scholarship for those students and may reimburse, up to 90%, funds allocated for students that require even more funding. The High Cost option requires the schools to pay for the services up front and subjects all expenses to an annual audit.

 


 

 


 

Special Needs Scholarship Program Growth

 

 

SNSP Timeline

2015
SNSP IS LAUNCHED

In the 2015 – 2017 budget, Wisconsin created the Special Needs Scholarship Program which serves students with an identified disability in a private school.

2016
205 STUDENTS PARTICIPATE

To be eligible, a student must have an IEP or Service Plan developed within 3 years of their application.

2018
ACT 59 REMOVED BARRIERS TO ENTRY

The two barriers to entry had been open enrollment denial and prior public school enrollment.

2021
SNSP CONTINUES TO GROW

In Fall 2021, there were 1,757 students attending 137 schools in the program.