Rhode Island has one private school choice program, a tax-credit scholarship.
Rhode Island offers K–12 students and their families a few types of school choice, including one private school choice program, charter schools, magnet schools, home schooling and inter-district and intra-district public school choice through open enrollment.
Tax Credits for Contributions to Scholarship Organizations
- Rhode Island’s tax-credit scholarship program, enacted in 2006 and launched in 2007, offers a 75 percent tax credit to businesses that donate to scholarship-granting organizations (SGOs) or 90 percent if donated for two consecutive years and the second year’s donation is worth at least 80 percent of the first year’s donation. SGOs are non-profits that offer private school scholarships of varying amounts to students from low-income households.
- Enacted in 2006
- Income Limit: 250 percent x Poverty
- Prior Year Public School Requirement: None
- Geographic Limit: Statewide
- Enrollment Cap: None
- Scholarship Cap: None
- Testing Mandates: None
- Credit Value: 75 percent / 90 percent
- Credit Cap: $100,000
- Budget Cap: $1.5 million