K-12 Tuition Scholarship

The Issue

Low-income families do not have equal access to private K-12 education.

Our Impact

For some families, educational expenses set in long before college. Every family has a different reason for considering a private school education.

GECAC awards on average 150 tuition scholarships totaling nearly $80,000.


The application period is now closed. Future scholarships will be available if local businesses donate to the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. Please visit this page in February-March of 2024 to review the guidelines.

GECAC accepts applications for tuition assistance scholarships from February to April of each year. Students attending private elementary, middle, and high schools in Erie County, for which paying tuition is a requirement for attendance, are eligible. Scholarships are made possible through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit.  These programs provide tax credits to eligible businesses that contribute to an approved scholarship organization. GECAC is approved by the State Department of Community and Economic Development as a scholarship organization. Thank you to all of the local businesses that donated through this program!

Priority will be given to families in the following order:

  • applicants who received a scholarship during the previous year
  • household income level based on federal poverty guidelines
  • If a tie exists, a lottery will occur.


  1. The family must be a resident of Erie County, PA
  2. The student must be attending a public or private elementary or secondary school in Erie County, PA for which paying tuition is a requirement of attendance.
  3. The age of the student ranges from the earliest admission age for a school's kindergarten program through the age attained upon graduation from secondary school or 21 years of age, whichever occurs first.
  4. Income Guidelines: Annual household income of $105,183 with an additional $18,514 allowed for the student and each additional dependent (as defined by the IRS) living in the household.
  5. Applications must be completed in full and submitted with all documentation. Do not submit applications and documentation in separate mailings.
  6. Only one application per family will be accepted.
  7. All applications must be received by April 20, 2023.


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Kimberly McCaslin, CFRE
Associate Vice President of Operations
(814) 459-4581 Ext. 446