Private schools are available in all 50 states. Private schools charge tuition and may be faith-based or independent. Many private schools and nonprofit organizations offer scholarships for students. In addition, 29 states offer official programs that provide scholarships or tuition assistance for families. Of these states, 22 states offer official scholarship programs, 6 states offer both scholarship and deduction programs, and 1 state offers only a deduction program.
*Availability of scholarships and deductions varies by state. Please check with a local or state-based school choice organization for details.
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