Virginia has one private school choice program, a tax-credit scholarship.

Virginia offers K–12 students and their families several types of school choice, including a private school choice program, charter schools, magnet schools, home schooling and intra-district public school choice via an open enrollment policy.

Education Improvement Scholarships Tax Credits Program

  • Virginia’s Education Improvement Scholarships Tax Credits Program offers a 65 percent tax credit to individuals and businesses to donate to qualified scholarship foundations. The foundations then provide private school scholarships to students whose families meet the income requirements.
  • Enacted 2012

Program Rules:

    • Income Limit: 300 percent x Poverty (400 percent for students with special needs)
    • Prior Year Public School Requirement: Yes, with exceptions
    • Geographic Limit: Statewide
    • Enrollment Cap: None
    • Scholarship Cap: 100 percent of state funding
    • Testing Mandates: Nationally norm-referenced tests
    • Credit Value: 65 percent
    • Per Donor Credit Cap: $125,000 (individual) / None (business)
    • Total Tax Credit Cap: $25 million

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