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Educational Improvement Tax Credits (EITC)

IIn 2001, the PA General Assembly established the EITC program to promote expanded education opportunities for students in the Commonwealth. Each year, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) sets aside millions of dollars in tax credits through the EITC program allowing eligible Pennsylvania businesses to reduce their state tax liability by making charitable donations to approved nonprofit organizations.

The program was modified in 2014 in a way that now allows individuals to participate and receive the same tax credits as businesses.

For Businesses

The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC), provides companies with a 75% tax credit for donations to a non-profit scholarship or educational improvement organization. The tax credit increases to 90% if the company commits to making the same donations for two consecutive years. A business paying taxes in Pennsylvania can receive up to 400,000 in tax credits annually.

For Individuals

The tax credit aspect of the EITC program for individuals is very similar to that of businesses. Individuals may donate up to a maximum of the PA State Income Tax Liability and receive a 75% tax credit or a 90% tax credit for if a commitment is made for two consecutive years.

Any individual who pays PA State Income
tax is eligible for the program. These include


Individuals who work at a for-profit company or organization


Individuals who work for a non-profit organization or the government as long as they who own stock in a publicly traded company. (A stock account can be opened and a single share of stock purchased for a few dollars- so this should not disqualify anyone in this category)

Benefits of EITC Participation

There are three main benefits to your participation in the EITC program.


Since you will receive a tax credit of 90% of your EITC donation, it costs you only a dime to give a dollar. For example if you donate $3000 to RCA via the EITC program it will only cost you $300.


By enrolling and donating your tax dollars to RCA you are dictating to the State of PA how they MUST spend your tax dollars, thereby preventing them for spending them on activities or organizations that are in opposition to your values.


Participation in EITC enables RCA to provide financial aid to families giving children the opportunity to attend that otherwise would not be able to.

NOTEs: S-Corps, LLCs and other pass through tax entities can pass the donation directly to the personal income tax of the business partners. It’s that simple!

These are tax credits NOT deductions. As such they are a dollar for dollar reduction of actual taxes owed…better than a tax deduction!

Enrollment Steps

There are five easy steps to enroll in the EITC program and when you contact the school and we’ll guide you through every step of the process.


Download the Application Form from the link at the bottom of this page, complete it, and send it to RCA. Alternatively call us, and we’ll walk you through this one-page application.


If you are applying as a business, all applications for EITC and OSTC are done online. Call RCA and we’ll help you get this form completed.


Donor, once approved, sends the check to a state approved Scholarship Organization and designates RCA as the recipient of their donation.


The Scholarship Organization will send a receipt to the Donor.


Donor applies EITC tax credit to PA Income tax return reducing their tax liability.

Comments From EITC Participants

“We have been members of the EITC program for years without having any problems with the program. The best part is knowing that we have to pay these taxes no matter what, and by joining this program, they go towards something we completely support! We fully endorse this program and are happy to know our PA State Taxes are working in alignment with our Catholic values.”

Pat & Wendy Stanton
RCA Grandparents
“I have been a participant in the EITC program since 2018. I have found great satisfaction in supporting Regina Coeli Academy students through the redirection of my PA state taxes. For me, this program is a no brainer. Instead of letting the state of Pennsylvania waste or worse, use my taxes to support government programs that undermine the Catholic faith, I know every dollar I pay is helping to grow God’s Kingdom on earth and bring souls to Christ for eternity. Additionally, the application was very short and simple, and the program has worked well for me and my family for years. ”

Michael Ferguson
RCA Father
“Our children attended RCA for four years. Although we have now chosen to homeschool, we continue to support RCA and its mission through our participation in the EITC program. We are grateful for the strong faith formation and academic foundation that our children received there. In addition, RCA is a light for God’s kingdom in the community. Without it other families that do not have the option to homeschool would have nowhere to turn to. The faithful catholic brothers and sisters that we met during our time at RCA continue to be our good friends. ”

Todd and Claudia Gibson
Former RCA and now Home School Parents

For More Information

There are three resources below that may be helpful. Beyond these, if you have questions or would like help with enrolling, please feel free to contact the school

Phone: 215-277-1386

Play Play the explainer videoDownload Download the EITC Enrollment Formcalculator EITC Calculator

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