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EITC Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Program
The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program provides children and families with a choice in their education. Scholarships for eligible students to attend approved Pre-Kindergarten programs schools are available from the Community Foundation of Greene County, an approved scholarship organization under the Pennsylvania EITC program.
Please carefully read the Eligibility Requirements and Policies and Procedures below before downloading the PreK Scholarship Application and Policy Guidelines
Maximum Income Eligibility Guidelines effective November 11, 2019. See table below.
Applications MUST be RECEIVED by 4:30 PM on August 20th (or the next business day if August 20th falls on a weekend.)
There will be NO January application or award.
- NOTE: CFGC did not receive any EITC contributions for Pre-K Scholarships for the 2021/2022 school year and will not be accepting applications for this school year.
- However, we have a small amount of privately donated funds for scholarships for students attending St. Ann Preschool only. Applications for that may be submitted using the EITC Pre-K Scholarship application and guidelines below.
To qualify for this scholarship, the parents of the student must reside in Greene County. An eligible student is:
- A permanent resident of Greene County, Pennsylvania, and
- At least three years of age, and
- Enrolled in a pre-kindergarten program located in Pennsylvania, and
- A member of a household with an annual household income of not more than $96,676, plus an additional $17,017 is permitted each dependent child as defined by the IRS living within the same household. (guidelines effective October 15, 2021)
Chart of Maximum Eligible Income Guidelines
|Number of Dependent Children in Household||Maximum Household Income for Scholarship|
|Each additional child||Add $17,017|
An Eligible Pre-K Program:
- Is a program of instruction for students at least three years of age, and
- Is operated by a school, or in conjunction with a school, and
- Is located in Pennsylvania, and
- Utilizes a curriculum aligned with the curriculum of the school with which it is affiliated, and
- Provides a minimum of 2 hours of instructional and developmental activities per day at least 60 days per school year.
- Must receive a letter from a school in which the school confirms that the curricular content and methods of instruction at the Pre-K program are consistent with those used at the school, and
- Agrees to align its instructional and developmental activities so students are prepared to enter the school’s kindergarten when & if they choose.
EITC Pre-K Policies & Procedures
1) The amount of scholarship paid for any individual student shall not exceed the actual stated tuition and fees charged by the school. Nor shall the EITC Scholarship paid exceed the tuition and fees applied to the student’s account, including any other scholarships or payments (including CCIS payments) made on behalf of the student. Tuition for scholarship students may not be more or less than that of non-scholarship students receiving comparable services. The school is responsible to provide CFGC with the eligible tuition amount for each student. Eligible Pre-K programs may not exceed 6 hours/day, 5 days/week, September thru May. Children MUST be registered, enrolled, and/or attending the Pre-K program at the time application is submitted to CFGC.
2) The amount of the scholarship shall not cover child care services before or after the stated pre-kindergarten hours.
3) The scholarship will be paid directly to the school on behalf of the student. The family shall not receive any direct cash benefit from the scholarship.
4) Scholarships will be issued to the school after September 30, or January 31, and only following CFGC’s receipt of the signed Scholarship Accountability and Reimbursement Agreement Form from the Pre-K program.
5) The school must credit the scholarship to the student’s account on a pro-rated monthly basis.
6) The school and parent/guardian must notify CFGC immediately if a student withdraws or is removed from the school, or otherwise becomes ineligible for an EITC scholarship.
7) Scholarship funds for students who withdraw or are removed from the school, or become ineligible for the scholarship prior to the end of the school year must be refunded to The Community Foundation of Greene County by the school within 30 days following the date of withdrawal, removal or determination of ineligibility of the student(s). The scholarship reimbursement shall be pro-rated based on the amount of time remaining for the school term.
8) Acceptance of this scholarship does not exempt the family or student from abiding by the policies of the school and the school has the right to remove a child from the program at any time for failure to abide by their policies.
9) EITC Scholarship funds may not be used to hold a space open for a student who is not actively attending classes. Exceptions for extended illness or medical absences may be made by contacting CFGC as soon as it is determined that the extended absence is necessary. Proof of illness or medical excuse may be required for approval of the exception.
10) Selection for scholarship shall be determined without regard to race, gender, religion, or similar characteristics of the applicants. Scholarship amounts are based on a sliding income scale as determined by the CFGC Grantmaking Committee as well as upon the availability of funds and the number of eligible applicants.
11) All application information must be fully completed and submitted on time by the applicant in order for the application to be considered, including the Application Form and a copy of the most recent Federal Income Tax Return, and submitted according to the application deadline policy.
12) CFGC is not responsible for lost, missing, misdirected, or late applications or supplemental information.
13) All application information will be maintained by the Foundation in the strictest confidentiality, including income information.
EITC Pre-K Scholarship Application
- Download a copy of the PreK Scholarship Application and Policy Guidelines . You will need to download or open the form, print it out and fill it out by hand and mail it to CFGC (address is on the application form) or deliver it to our street address.
- Scholarships will be based on need. Scholarship award may not exceed actual amount of tuition charged by the program, nor the amount of tuition charged to non-scholarship students.
- Due dates for the school year are:
- August 20th to be considered for full year (covering August through May)
- There will not be a January application or award.
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