“All students should have the freedom to pursue an education that develops their talents, unleashes their unique potential, and prepares them for a successful life.”
A Historic Investment in America’s Students
- Education Freedom Scholarships will provide for a $5 billion annual federal tax credit for voluntary donations to state-based scholarship programs.
- This proposal would empower students and families to choose the best educational setting for them – regardless of where they live, how much they make, and how they learn.
- Families receive and control the use of scholarships for their child’s elementary and secondary education, which may include career and technical education, apprenticeships, and dual and concurrent enrollment.
- Privately funded scholarships improve the educational experiences of students across the country, without taking a single dollar away from public schools and the students who attend them.
- Individual and business taxpayers nationwide contribute to student scholarships through state- identified Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs). Such contributions are eligible to receive a non-refundable, dollar-for-dollar federal tax credit, but no contributor will be allowed a total tax benefit greater than the amount of their contribution.
A Locally-Driven and Customizable Approach
- This proposal gives those closest to students the freedom to decide what’s best for them. No family is forced to accept a scholarship, no taxpayer is forced to contribute, no organization is forced to participate, and no state is forced to participate.
- Each participating state will determine how it will structure its program, including eligible students, education providers, and education expenses.
- Some of the ways states can expand students’ access to educational opportunities include:
- Advanced, remedial, and elective courses;
- Apprenticeships and industry certifications;
- Concurrent and dual enrollment;
- Private and home education;
- Special education services and therapies;
- Transportation to education providers outside of a family’s zoned school;
- Tutoring, especially for students in low‐performing schools; and
- Summer and afterschool education programs.
- This is not a new federal program. The proposal establishes a federal tax credit to support state-designed and controlled programs.