Program Summary

“Choosing a school is the most important decision a parent makes for their child.”

South Dakota Partners in Education Tax Credit Scholarships

       2017-2018 school year (January 2018)

      The legislature’s passage of tax credit scholarships was recognition and a belief in the profound responsibility parents have for their child’s education. Whatever their choice, parents are empowered with that decision.  The generosity of insurance companies in partnership with the State of SD is critical in making this opportunity possible for income-eligible families.


Four insurance companies donated $235,000 qualifying for an 80% tax credit = $188,000 in calendar year 2017. (Sammons Financial Group – $100,000; Avera Health Plans – $100,000; ReliaMax Insurance – $25,000; Investors Preferred – $10,000.)  Great Plains Education Foundation carried over an additional approximately $88,000 from contribution in the previous year.

Total Number of Partners in Education Tax Credit Program scholarships awarded to all eligible students = 481

Total amount ($) of Partners in Education Tax Credit Program scholarships awarded to all eligible students = approximately $290,000

Total number of Partners in Education Tax Credit Program scholarships awarded to students on free and reduced = 281 (59% of all scholarships)

Total amount ($) of Partners in Education Tax Credit Program scholarships awarded to students on free and reduced = approximately $194,000 (67% of all scholarship dollars)

Program scholarships awarded to (2016-17 and 2017-18) new students in the non-public schools:

  • 95 transferring from a South Dakota public school; (54 of those students on free and reduced)
  • 197 new to a South Dakota schools (126 of those students on free and reduced) These students include K, transferring from out of state, homeschool students never attending a SD school.
  • This represents 292 students that were new to their non-public school in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years. (62% of those total students are on free and reduced lunches.)