Current Families

CSFP requires scholarship recipients to renew their scholarship each of the four years they are in the program. This process helps CSFP confirm that recipients continue to qualify to receive a CSFP scholarship, and to calculate the new scholarship award amount. The renewal process is similar to the enrollment process.

***If you are unsure of whether or not you need to renew your child’s scholarship, contact us as soon as possible.

You must meet ALL of the following criteria:


  1. You do not owe any money to the school for last year’s tuition.

  2. You are financially eligible according to CSFP income requirements. (The scale may increase slightly each year according to the rate of inflation).

  3. You must continue to reside in Philadelphia.

  4. Your child must be entering K-8th grade for the new school year.

We will send you detailed instructions and a new CSFP “School Commitment Form” in April. Please call our office if you do not receive this packet by the end of April. Basically, you will need to:


  1. Submit new proof of income, AND

  2. Have the school fill out a new CSFP “School Commitment Form.”

As long as you meet the eligibility requirements, you may renew your child’s scholarship for up to four years.

***If you are unsure of whether or not you need to renew your child’s scholarship, contact us as soon as possible.

CSFP handles mid-year "holds" for students in grades K through 8 on a case-by-case basis. All approved holds expire at the start of the next school year. For example, if your child’s scholarship is placed on hold during the 2019-2020 school year, you must reactivate the scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year or forfeit the opportunity.

As long as a family does not have a balance due at the school the student is leaving, scholarships may be transferred between CSFP approved schools. Transfers may occur either during the school year or between school years. Stability is very important in a child's education, so we urge all families to consider carefully the decision to transfer a student, particularly during a school year.

In order to transfer schools, the parent or guardian must request that the school the student is leaving complete an Exit Form showing a zero balance for tuition. In addition, the school to which the child is transferring must complete a School Commitment Form. These forms are available to schools online.

Please note, CSFP maintains a partnership with the Independence Mission Schools in which joint scholarships are provided. If your child is receiving a scholarship that is funded through this joint partnership, your child’s scholarship may only be transferred within the Independence Mission Schools. It is your responsibility to know if your child has this type of scholarship.

CSFP scholarships may be used for up to 3 children within a family, provided they attend grades K through 8. Siblings may use the family scholarship at different schools if needed.
Siblings may be added during a special add period only, not at the time of renewal.
In October, CSFP will send notification to eligible* families.
*Eligible families are those with a current scholarship recipient eligible to receive a CSFP award in the 2019-2020 school year. A special sibling lottery is held pending funding.

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