Nevada Opportunity Scholarship Program

Program Information

  • OSP
  • Program Type: Scholarship Tax Credit Program, Means Tested, Corporate

Application Information

Questions about the application?
Call us at 1 (877) 996-8372
Email us at vgurr@federationforchildren.org

Who qualifies for an Opportunity Scholarship?

The Nevada Opportunity Scholarship Program mirrors successful tax credit programs that have been available in many other states for a number of years. To be eligible for a scholarship of up to $8,262 for K-12 private school tuition and fees for the 2019- 2020 school year, household income must not exceed 300% of the poverty level.

For example, a family of four making less than $77,250 (in 2018-19) per year could qualify for this scholarship.

How do Opportunity Scholarships work?

Children whose families meet the income guidelines are eligible to receive Opportunity Scholarships up to $8,262 per student per year.  The Nevada Department of Education is responsible for determining the maximum amount of scholarship funding any one student may receive based on the Consumer Price Index. In 2019- 2020, the funding provided on behalf of anyone student could not exceed $8,262.

*Please use this table as a reference. Each organization accepting the scholarship reserves their right to have different rules and regulations. Also, a household can be defined as anyone residing in the same household as you. For example, this could mean a grandmother or aunt residing in your residence.

There are five approved Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs) in Nevada. These organizations determine when the applications are available, they review the applications and award scholarships. Usually, applications open at the beginning of each year between January to March. We recommend to parents to start checking each of the websites below no later than January, and to get familiar with the application process.

It’s first come first serve. Also, you can apply to all of them and we recommend that you do; this way you have more chances of obtaining a scholarship. Finally, you can accept more than one scholarship but you cannot accept more than the maximum amount allowed per scholarship.

Click on the logos to see each of the registered organizations accepting the scholarship. There you can see their application and enrollment periods:

NOTE: All SGOs serve the entire state of Nevada

You can learn more about the program on the Nevada Department of Education website.

You can find the list of 2018-2019 Registered Schools providing the Opportunity Scholarship.

Student Participation

  • Family income cannot exceed 300 percent of the federal poverty level ($77,250 for a family of four in 2019–20)
  • Private school students are also eligible
  • Be licensed by the Nevada Department of Education
    • Provide at least the curriculum required of Nevada public schools, 180 days of instruction and the same number of minutes of instruction per day that is required of public schools
    • Comply with health and safety codes
    • Submit a financial statement if the school has more than 30 students
    • Conduct fingerprint checks for teachers and other school personnel
  • Administer at least one nationally norm-referenced test that has been approved by the Department of Education to participating students and report the results to the Department
  • Submit a report to the Department of Education that includes demographic information on each enrolled participating student, information on the scholarship organizations that serve those students and how the scholarship money has been used
  • Cannot own or operate any school that receives money under the Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program
  • Use at least 95 percent of contributions for scholarships
  • Make scholarships available for more than one school
  • Cannot limit scholarships to specific students
  • Submit to the Department of Education:
    • The total number and dollar amount of the donations, gifts and grants received by the scholarship organization during the school year
    • The total number of students to whom the scholarship organization granted scholarships during the school year
    • The total dollar amount of the scholarships made during the school year
    • For each school that enrolls a student who receives a scholarship from the SGO, the name and address of the school, the name and address of each student, the number of students enrolled in the school for whom the grant was made, and the total dollar amount of the scholarships provided for students enrolled in the school
    • A copy of an audited or compiled financial statement of the scholarship organization prepared by an independent certified public accountant
       

Data Update

Scholarships Awarded
2,308
Schools Participating
90
SGOs Operating
6
2019-20 Donations
$8,599.200
*Nevada Department of Education
http://bit.ly/OpportunityScholarship

Financial

Scholarship Cap
- $8,262 for fiscal year 2019–20
- Increases by the annual growth of the Consumer Price Index
Tax Credit Value
- 100 percent
Donor Tax Credit Cap
- 100 percent of Nevada Modified Business Tax
Statewide Cap
- $5.5 million (fiscal year 2017–18)
- $26 million (fiscal 2017-18, $6 million+$20 million one-time addition)
-$6.6 million (fiscal year 2018-19)
-$9.5 million (fiscal year 2019-2020)
- For each succeeding fiscal year, an amount equal to 110 percent of the amount authorized for the preceding fiscal year