General Information

The Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund believes that parents know the best way to help their children find success. We believe that every child is unique and that every child learns differently. Most will thrive in their assigned neighborhood school. However, there are some children who will need a different learning environment to reach his or her potential. It's about giving children the tools to help them succeed. Sometimes that means attending another public school in a different neighborhood or a private school.

AOSF was created to empower low-income parents to choose what is best for their child.

APPLYING

How do I apply for the scholarship?

ELIGIBILITY

Do my children qualify for the scholarship?

DOCUMENTS

What documents do I need to apply?

QUESTIONS

Who should I contact about my application?

***Attention***

Our application for new families opens each spring. We are excited to offer two different options for your children: the Public School Access Scholarship and the General Scholarship. If you are interested in transferring your child from his or her current public school to a non-failing public school in a different district, you should apply for the Public School Access Scholarship. Some districts do not accept transfer students.You will need to check with the public school that you are interested in sending your child to. If you are interested in attending one of our partner schools, which includes approved private schools and two public schools (the Alabama School of Fine Arts and the Alabama School of Math and Science), you should apply for the General Scholarship. Application dates will be announced in advance of their opening.

Please keep in mind, you can apply to only one of these scholarships. Applications will only be open to failing school students this year. The Department of Education releases a new failing school list every year. The new list will be published in January 2019. If there are funds available, the scholarship application will then open to non-failing school students.


“Since my daughter Ashlyn has been on scholarship with AOSF, I can see great changes in her.  I see more responsibility.  Also, Briarwood gave us a lot of good tips that we can implement at home that will help kids grow. To help our kids succeed it takes teachers who are really concerned, who really love their job and love the kids.  And it takes parents to put in time with their kids as well. I love that AOSF has given my family the opportunity to grow together with Briarwood to create a bright future for my children.”

–Kewan Black, AOSF Parent Briarwood Christian School


How to apply


Are you interested in applying?

The application has closed for the 2018-2019 school year. If you’re interested applying next year, please fill out our Interest Form and we will send you updates before the application goes live:

Interest Form

Have you already applied?

If you have already submitted an application with us, you can access your information here:

View Application

Eligibility


All families must meet the Scholarship Income Guidelines to be eligible to receive an AOSF scholarship. Consult the Scholarship Income Guidelines chart for eligibility information.

Awards are distributed on a first come, first served basis and in compliance with the Alabama Accountability Act (AAA). The AAA requires scholarship granting organizations to give priority to students as follows:

  1. 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. Click HERE to view the Department of Education’s list of failing schools.
  2. 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.
  3. A private school student not zoned for a “failing school”. Only 25% of all scholarships can be awarded to students continuously enrolled in a private school during the previous school year. By law, scholarships may not be awarded to students zoned to a non-failing school until July 31st of each school year.

AOSF was created to empower low-income parents to choose what is best for their child.

Parents apply directly with AOSF, which assures full compliance with the law. Awards are distributed on a first come, first served basis with priority given to renewal students and new students zoned for and attending a “failing” public school Parents can choose from any of the schools on the Participating Schools list. Parents may apply to any school, however the child must meet any requirement the school has.

Scholarship Income Guidelines 2017 Gross Income

2018-2019 School Year

Household SizeMaximum Annual Income
2$33, 044
3$37, 777
4$45,510
5$53,243
6$60,976
7$68,709
8$76,442

For each additional member, add: $7,733 per year.

Required Documents


The required documents for the 2018-2019 school year are as follows:
  1. If you are renewal family currently on scholarship, you will need:
    • A Verification of Alabama Public School Assign Form (SAF)
    • An Application Signature Page (SP)
    • An Alabama State Income Tax Return
    • If you have not filed a 2017 Alabama State Income Tax Return and are not required to file you may provide:
      • A Statement of Non-Filing (SNF)
      • All forms of income (which may include but is not limited to: W2, 1099, Profit & Loss, Unemployment Compensation, Child Support Documentation)
      • Statement of No Wages (NW)
  2. If you are new family that has not received the scholarship before, you will need all of the above items, as well as:
    • Your child’s Birth Certificate
    • Your child’s 2016-2017 End of Year (Full-Year) Report Card

Questions


General Questions

Application Questions

Application Questions