Special Needs Scholarship Program2021-10-18T19:04:12+00:00


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Special Needs Scholarship FAQ

Is the private school required to implement the student’s IEP or services plan?2021-06-14T18:05:01+00:00

SNSP schools are required to implement the IEP or services plan of SNSP students as modified by agreement between the SNSP school and the student’s parent.

Which schools are currently participating in the SNSP?2021-06-14T21:24:15+00:00

A list of schools that have registered to participate for the 2020-2022 school year is available on the DPI website.

Can a private school charge tuition and fees?2021-06-14T21:29:29+00:00

Yes. A SNSP school can charge a SNSP student tuition and fees. For the optional High Cost Funding, schools can spend up to 150% of the base voucher amount per student. That must be paid out of pocket the first year, but will be reflected in the scholarship amount for the following year.

When can my student start attending the SNSP school?2021-06-14T18:59:30+00:00

A student will not receive a SNSP scholarship until he or she is accepted into the program and the parent and the school have agreed on the services that will be provided to the student. If a parent chooses to move his or her student to the private school before this time, the private school may choose to charge additional tuition and fees for that time period. Parents should discuss this with the school they are applying to in order to understand the school’s process.

When is the enrollment period for SNSP scholarships?2021-06-14T21:22:06+00:00

Students may apply for the SNSP for the 2021-22 school year from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, except for sibling preference.  There is no need to reapply annually, as long as the student stays in the same school. The scholarship must be made available for reevaluation every three years. Transfer to another school is possible.

Can a student attend any private school under the SNSP?2021-06-14T19:04:32+00:00

Only schools that registered to participate in the SNSP for the current school year may accept SNSP students.

What if I have a question that isn’t answered here?2021-06-14T20:00:05+00:00

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has Frequently Asked Questions for Parents in PDF form available on their website. Or you may call us at (414) 319-9160.

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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