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Turning tax dollars into scholarships for AFS students.

Through Pennsylvania state tax credit programs, individuals and businesses can provide financial aid scholarships for qualifying AFS students, and then receive a PA state tax credit for up to 90% of their contribution amount. Through these programs, individuals and businesses help provide access to a transformative AFS education to our students – and receive a tax credit for doing so! 

If you are interested in participating in a tax credit program, please consult your tax advisor and contact our Director of Annual Giving Cara Palladino at 215.576.3957 or for more information.

Friends Collaborative

Through AFS’s membership in the Friends Collaborative, friends of AFS now have the opportunity to receive tax credits for supporting scholarships for AFS students. Individuals and businesses in Pennsylvania can participate in the Friends Collaborative by making a minimum contribution of $3,000 per year for two consecutive years to support tuition assistance at AFS and fellow Quaker schools. In turn, participants receive a PA state tax credit for 90% of their contribution amount. As an example, a $10,000 Friends Collaborative gift to support tuition assistance has a net cost of just $1,000 to the donor – making this truly a win-win for donors and AFS! AFS receives at least 75% of every contribution from AFS donors, and the remainder supports scholarships at other Quaker schools in our area. Learn more about the Friends Collaborative.

Friends Collaborative tax credits are in high demand, and AFS is actively adding donors. Learn more by contacting the Advancement team at 215-576-3957 or

Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (OSTC)

Similar to EITC, the OSTC program provides tax credits to eligible businesses contributing to an Opportunity Scholarship Organization. OSTC contributions are used to provide tuition assistance to eligible AFS students residing within the boundaries of a low-achieving school. Learn more about the OSTC program.

Program Details

How can I participate in the Friends Collaborative?

Friends Collaborative tax credits are in high demand! If you are interested in learning more, please contact Cara Palladino at 215-576-3957 or

Is my business eligible to participate in OSTC?

If your business is authorized to operate in Pennsylvania and pays one of the following taxes, you may be eligible for the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC) and the Pennsylvania Opportunity Tax Credit (OSTC).

  • Corporate Net Income Tax
  • Capital Stock Franchise Tax
  • Bank and Trust Company Share Tax
  • Title Insurance Companies Share Tax
  • Insurance Premiums Tax
  • Mutual Thrift Institutions Tax
  • Personal Tax of S corporation shareholders or Partnership partners

How can my business apply to OSTC?

Pennsylvania businesses can apply for Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credits through DCED’s electronic single application system. The business application guide, found here explains the process of applying. Additionally, you can contact the Advancement Office for guidance at 215-576-3967 or

Tax credit applications for both programs will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis by day submitted, so please submit your application on the first day your business is eligible. All applications received on a specific day will be processed on a random basis before moving on to the next day’s applications. Applications will be approved until the amount of available tax credits is exhausted.

Who should I contact with questions?

The Advancement team would be happy to answer any questions about the Friends Collaborative, EITC or OSTC. Please contact us at 215-576-3957 or

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