Enacted 1990 • Voucher
Milwaukee families earning up to 300 percent of the federal poverty guidelines qualify to
receive vouchers. Once a student receives a voucher, that student is able to keep it, regardless
of his or her family’s future income. Voucher students are allowed to attend any participating
private school in the state.
Latest Stats (2012-13)
- Students participating: 24,027
- Schools participating: 112
- Average voucher value: $6,442
Average voucher value as a percentage of
Wisconsin’s total per-student spending ($11,453)
In 2013-14, scholarships are worth the lesser of the following for each participating student: $6,442 or the school’s operating and debt service cost per pupil. In 2014-15, the maximum voucher amount will be $7,210 for grades K-8 and $7,856 for grades 9-12. Beginning in 2015-16 maximum voucher payments increase by a percentage equal to the percentage increase in general school aid to Wisconsin public schools. The voucher may not exceed the private school’s per-student costs, including operating expenses and debt service. Parents of students in grades 9-12 that have an income greater than 220 percent of the federal poverty level may be charged additional tuition ($51,810 for a family of four in 2013-14).
Students who live in Milwaukee and whose family income does not exceed 300 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible ($70,650 for a family of four in 2013-14); moreover, a family’s income limit increases by $7,000 if the student’s parents/legal guardians are married. Students who are continuing the program from previous years and those who were on a school’s waiting list in the prior year because the school did not have space available do not need to demonstrate income eligibility.
Students who live in Milwaukee and whose family income does not exceed 300 percent of the
federal poverty level are eligible ($69,150 for a family of four in 2013).
Rules & Regulations
- Income Limit: 300% x Poverty
- Geographic Limit: District (Milwaukee)
- Enrollment Cap: None
- Voucher Cap: $6,442
- Testing Mandates: Yes-National
Wisconsin Statue, Section 119.23
Robbie Rhinesmith | firstname.lastname@example.org
How to apply: http://sms.dpi.wi.gov/sms_choice