Support: Tax Credit Programs

Have Your Tax Dollars Support EFIP!

About the EITC & OSTC Programs

The Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (OSTC) allow individuals and companies that are doing business and paying taxes in Pennsylvania to redirect a portion of their state tax payments to approved scholarship organizations. The French International School of Philadelphia qualifies as an approved scholarship organization, so you can direct your tax credits to support our Beyond Borders Fund, which provides our community scholarships and tuition assistance.

Any business that pays PA taxes and any individual who pays $3,500 or more in PA state tax is eligible to participate in the program. You can receive a 90% tax credit on the donated amount, and then claim the remaining 10% on your federal taxes as a charitable donation. So, if you make a $3,500 gift to Beyond Borders through EITC, it means you’ll only be out of pocket $350. 

We have outlined a brief timeline below, but if you would like to speak with someone at the School, or wish to request a joinder agreement, please contact our Development Office at development@frenchschoolphila.org or (610) 667-1284.

You can also click here for a more detailed presentation.

Schedule for 2021

  • Beginning January 1, 2021: Complete joinder agreement and return it to Tami Clark (no money is due at this time)
  • May 15, 2021: All guaranteed EITC tax credits are ordered
  • July 2021: Previous donors are contacted to confirm participation
  • November-December 2021: Donors are contacted for their payments. Tax credit award letters are received.
  • December 31, 2021: All payments to the SPE must be made
  • January 31, 2022: EFIP is contacted with the contribution amounts
  • February-March 2022: Tax documents are issued to donors
  • July-September 2022: State refunds are issued to donors

Thank you to our 2018-2019 EITC & OSTC Donors!

BLOCS & the families who participated in the BLOCS EITC Program
Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company
Elliott-Lewis Corporation
PNC Bank, N.A.
Sky Community Partners, Inc.
UHS of Pennsylvania, Inc.
Willig, Williams & Davidson
The Yoga Garden