Wisconsin Parental Choice Program


The Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP), a statewide private school voucher program, was enacted and launched in 2013. The program allows students whose families meet certain income qualifications and are not assigned to the Milwaukee Public Schools or Racine Unified school districts the ability to attend a participating private or religious school of their choice, tuition free.

Students Participating

Schools Participating

Avg. Scholarship Amount (K4-8)

Avg. Scholarship Amount (9-12)

Total 2020 Expenditures

Enrollment Cap (Students)

**Scholarships cannot be used for Pre-K expenses.**

Student Eligibility


Student must reside outside of the city of Milwaukee and the Racine Unified School District.


Students applying to a school that is governed under an agreement by an existing Choice school governing board do not have to meet the above requirements for up to the first two years the school is in the program.


Family income cannot exceed 220% of the federal poverty guideline ($55,220 for family of four in 2021-21), with an additional $7,000 allowed for households with married parents


All students must apply for the program every year and must meet program residency requirements.


Student must: (1) be applying to grades K4, K5, 1, or 9, OR (2) meet one of the following requirements for the prior school year: (a) attended a public school in Wisconsin; (b) attended school in another state; (c) were not enrolled in school (includes homeschooled students for the entire prior school year); (d) participated in the Choice program; (e) are on a Choice program waiting list, OR (3) are applying to the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program and are on any prior year Wisconsin Parental Choice Program waiting list due to a school district enrollment cap.


A student using a voucher whose family income increases beyond eligibility may continue to attend a private school using a voucher.

Open Application Dates
February 1 – April 15

Application Information