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WI Parental Choice Program

Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP)


Winnebago Lutheran Academy is part of the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP). For those students selected to the WPCP, the family receives a voucher from the state of Wisconsin that pays their student’s WLA tuition in full. The open application period to apply for the 2018-2019 school year is February 1, 2018 through April 20, 2018.  Please click here for a link to the online Application: http://dpi.wi.gov/choice

Those eligible to receive a new voucher are those students entering 9th grade, those transferring from a public school, and those previously on the WPCP wait list.

Those who received a voucher for the 2017-18 school year will need to re-apply for 2018-2019. It is a simplified process where families only need to provide residency documentation but not income documentation.

Students new to WLA where there may be a need for financial assistance and who qualify for the WPCP, should apply for BOTH the WPCP program and for WLA Financial Aid. For those students NOT selected for a WPCP voucher, Financial Assistance from WLA will be available.

Is Your Family Eligible for the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program?

New for the 2018-19 school year, the income levels have increased from 185% to 220% of the federal poverty level.  The income table only applies to those applying to the WPCP for the first time.

Single Parent Household

Family Size Family Income at or below
2 $35,728
3 $44,924
4 $54,120
5 $63,316
6 $72,512

Add $9196 for each additional family member.

Two Parent (Married) Household

Family Size Family Income at or below
3 $51,924
4 $61,120
5 $70,316
6 $79,512
7 88,708

Add $9196 for each additional family member.
Family income is the Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) on 140 income tax form.
Family income is based on 220% of the Federal Poverty Level. 2016 level used.


Steps to Apply for Parental Choice at Winnebago Lutheran Academy

  1. Fill out the online application The online application needs to be completed through the WPCP website http://dpi.wi.gov/choice. The application is open from February 1, 2018 through April 20, 2018.
  2. Provide Proof of Residency to WLA (All Applicants) WLA must be given a copy of ONE of the following documents. The document must be current (within the last three months).
  • Current water, gas, electric, cable, satellite, or landline phone bill. (Cell phone & internet bills NOT acceptable).
  • 2017 Property tax bill or current (signed and dated) lease agreement
  • Current wage statement (can be a year-end W2)
  • Recent government correspondence. Current benefits statements from access.wisconsin.gov

Families applying to the WPCP for the first time need to provide income documentation. It is preferred that families select the DPI Method. The DPI method provides the most up to date and accurate way to verify your income.

3a. DPI Method Documentation (Preferred Method):
Acceptable documentation includes:

  • Copy the first two pages of your 1040 Federal Income Tax Return for 2017. Return needs to be signed and dated by taxpayers.
  • If your taxes are not completed, you may submit copies all 2017 income documentation (employer W2s, 1099s, etc).
  • If you do not file for income tax, you must provide copies of all other income documentation for 2017 (Social Security statements, unemployment compensation statements, child support statements, etc).

3b. DOR Method:
Provide Social Security Number(s) to DPI at the time of your application for them to verify your income.  If the DPI rules you academically ineligible as part of the DOR method, there is no appealing this ruling.


What Does This Mean for Your Family?

  • If your student is new to WLA and has a need for financial aid, apply for both WLA Financial Aid and the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP) if you meet the income criteria of the WPCP.
  • If your student is a returning student and has received or has a need for Financial Aid, you must apply annually for Financial Aid.  If at some point you were on the WPCP waiting list, you may apply again to the WPCP.  In this scenario, apply for both Financial Aid and the WPCP.
  • If your returning student received a voucher through the WPCP in the 2017-2018 school year, do not apply for WLA financial aid. Simply re-apply to the WPCP for a voucher. Returning families only need to verify residency on the application, not income.

Who Gets Picked for a Voucher Through WPCP?

Students who received a voucher through the WPCP to attend WLA in 2017-18 will receive a voucher again in 2018-2019 as long as they apply again and provide WLA with residency verification (income verification is not needed for those reapplying.)

How Does This Program Benefit WLA Families?

In the 2017-18 school year, WLA has 48 students receiving a voucher from 16 different school districts


For additional information or questions please call the WLA office (920-921-4930) or contact Principal David Schroeder (dschroeder@wlavikings.org) or Business Manager Eric Schraufnagel (eschraufnagel@wlavikings.org).