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Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund

There is a scholarship program called the Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund. We will be giving details about the whole fund.

The Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund which is also known as AOSF helps families in choosing the best school for their child’s education. It helps in giving out scholarships to low-income, K-12 children who are not succeeding in their current environment.

The AOSF scholarships are made possible with the high donation of corporate and individual Alabama income tax liability.

Before applying there are two scholarship categories, Public School Access (PSA) and General Scholarship. Let’s break them down.

Public School Access (PSA)

You can only pick this if you plan on transferring your child from his/her current public school to a better one in a different district. We know how bad some schools are in their mode of impacting knowledge in a child, changing a child’s school is always the best option.

The AOSF will cover all mandatory transfer fees for your student each year.

However, some districts do not accept transfer students, so be sure in to check with the public school that you are interested in sending your child to.

General Scholarship

You can pick this option if you are interested in attending one of AOSF partner schools (Check them out HERE). The school includes approved private schools and two public boarding schools (the Alabama School of Fine Arts and the Alabama School of Math and Science).

AOSF will cover all mandatory fees and use the remainder of your scholarship towards tuition. The scholarship amounts are.

  • Grades K-5: $5,000
  •  Grades 6-8: $6,500
  •  Grades 9-12: $8,000

Eligibility

To be eligible, “A student zoned for a “failing school”, whether or not they are currently enrolled in a public or private school. Only 25% of all scholarships can be awarded to students continuously enrolled in a private school during the previous school year.”

Also, “A public school student not zoned for a “failing school”. By law, scholarships may not be awarded to students zoned to a non-failing school until July 31st of each school year.”

Awards are given out on a first-come, first-served basis, with renewal students and new students zoned for and attending a “failed” public school receiving priority.

Any of the schools on the Participating Schools list are open to parents. Parents may apply to any school, but their kids must meet the school’s requirements.

Required Documents

If you are a new family who has never earned a scholarship before, or if your student did not receive a scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year but did in previous years, Check out the Application documents requirements below.

  • All Alabama State Income Tax Returns for adults 18+ in the household
  • If you have not filed a 2021 Alabama State Income Tax Return, you may alternatively provide your Federal 1040, W2, or 1099.
  • If you are not required to file an Alabama State Income Tax return, you will electronically sign our Statement of No Wages during the application
  • Your student’s Birth Certificate, if they are entering kindergarten or the 12th grade
  • Your child’s 2021-2022 full-year Report Card
  • We look at the type of school your child attended during the school year (public, private, etc.). We do not look at your child’s grades.

If you are a renewal family who is currently on a scholarship. You will need:

  • All Alabama State Income Tax Returns for adults 18+ in the household
  • If you have not filed a 2021 Alabama State Income Tax Return, you may alternatively provide your Federal 1040, W2, or 1099.
  • If you are not required to file an Alabama State Income Tax return, you will electronically sign our Statement of No Wages during the application
  • Your student’s Birth Certificate, if they are entering the 12th grade

How to Apply

Please fill out the interest form if you are interested in applying for the 2022-2023 academic year. 

Please submit an email to [email protected] if you believe you signed up for the interest list and have not received information by March 4, 2022.

Have you already submitted your application? On April 11, 2022, applications for new students will open.

Any student who has never received a scholarship before, or who did not receive a scholarship for the 2021-2022 school year but did in previous years, is considered a new student.

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