Georgia GOAL Scholarship

2019 Tax Credits Are Now Available!
Make your pledge today! Payment is due March 2019.

2018 Results - pledges were approved for 55% of their requested amount.
Thanks to our 248 contributors, HSP secured $333,716 for continued support of our GOAL Scholarship recipients.

Read a speech made at Holy Spirit Catholic Church by Teri Anulewicz, Georgia House Representative and current HSP parent:

"Good morning, everyone. My name is Teri Anulewicz. I represent House District 42 in the Georgia General Assembly, and I have been a parishioner here at Holy Spirit for 17 years. My family has been a part of Holy Spirit Preparatory School for the past 12 years, beginning when my son, who is now in 8th grade, started as a Pre-K 2 student in the preschool. My daughter is a fifth grader at the Lower School.

As a society, we are only as good as the education we offer all our children, and I have worked tirelessly to improve public education during the my years in public service. I am proud that the budget the Legislature passed earlier this year included - finally - full funding under the Quality Basic Education formula for Georgia's public schools. I also understand that for some children, their neighborhood public school might not be the best fit for their academic needs. I attended Catholic school when I was a child, and it was important to me for my children to have that same opportunity, which is part of why my husband and I chose Holy Spirit Prep for our children. The reality of a private education, however, is that tuition costs are absolutely a barrier to entry for many children who otherwise completely fit the mission and academic environment of a school like HSP.

In Georgia, one option for these families is School Scholarship organizations, or SSOs. SSOs, like the GOAL Scholarship program, are funded through private donations from individuals and corporations, who then receive a full state income tax credit for their donation. These funds then provide scholarships for students to attend private schools - the average scholarship in Georgia is around $4,000, which is typically supplemented with other funds from schools and other sources, resulting in a free or extremely low-cost education for these students. There are around 14,000 students right now who are SSO recipients.

I’d also like to take a moment to clarify a few things about SSOs. These scholarships don’t divert money from public education. Public education makes up around 40% of the state’s budget, and as I noted earlier, we are - finally - fully-funding our public schools here in Georgia for the first time since 2002. I hope that in the future, we will go beyond merely meeting our constitutional obligation to fully fund the QBE formula and ensure that our public schools have the funds they need in order to truly thrive. SSO funds, however, are entirely separate from the state's education funds, and do not take money away from public schools.

GOAL limits their scholarship awards to financially-deserving families who otherwise could not afford a private education. If you choose to donate to GOAL, you can designate a specific school, but you cannot designate a specific student. As a parent at Holy Spirit Prep, I have seen how the GOAL scholarship enriches the lives of students who otherwise could not afford to attend HSP, and I have seen how every family in our school community benefits from the economic and cultural diversity our school has gained through this program."

BREAKING NEWS - During the 2018 legislative session, Georgia lawmakers made a groundbreaking investment in Georgia families, taxpayers, and GOAL participating school communities by passing HB 217, which has increased the annual cap on the Georgia Education Expense Credit Program from $58 million to $100 million for the next decade! This should give contributors a 100% approval on their 2019 tax credit pledge.

About GOAL
GOAL is a state tax credit program that allows Georgia taxpayers to redirect a portion of their state tax payment to a private school of their choice. This contribution gives a dollar-for-dollar credit towards your state tax liability. With these funds, HSP is able to provide tuition assistance for qualified students. If you pay state tax on your tax return - single, married, LLC, Partnership, S-Corp, C-Corp - you qualify for this dollar-for-dollar tax credit. Help support school choice for Georgia’s families.

Do you receive a K-1? 
You qualify for an increased tax credit! LLCs, S-Corps, Partnerships, and Pass-through Entities can receive a Georgia income tax credit for up to $10,000 per owner.

Maximum Pledge Limits

LLC, S-Corp, Partnership, Pass-through Entity
up to $10,000

Married - joint tax return
up to $2500

Single - single tax filer
up to $1000

Apply for the GOAL Scholarship
Families who apply for need-based financial assistance and have a child entering PreK-4, Kindergarten or 1st grade (or any grade by way of transfer from a public school) can be considered for the GOAL scholarship.

If you would like to be considered for GOAL, please complete the need-based financial assistance process as explained on our Financial Assistance page as soon as possible, as we have very limited, uncommitted funds being held for our school.

MaryLynn Llop
GOAL Coordinator
678.904.2811, ext. 231

Meet some of the many students supported by GOAL.