In 2008, the Georgia General Assembly passed and Governor Sonny Perdue enacted the Qualified Education Expense Credit law that permits Georgia taxpayers to receive a state income tax credit for amounts contributed to qualified student scholarship organizations ("SSOs"). The scholarships are awarded to students who are currently enrolled – and have been enrolled for at least six weeks – in a Georgia secondary or primary public school or who are eligible to enroll in Pre-K, Kindergarten, or 1st grade. Recipient students use their GOAL Scholarships to attend the private K-12 schools of their parents’ choice.
In response to this law, Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc. submitted notice to the Georgia Department of Education of its participation as an SSO under the Qualified Education Expense Credit. On June 26, 2008, the Georgia Department of Education recognized the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, as the first SSO approved to accept contributions and offer scholarships to students to attend private K-12 schools in Georgia.
Visit the Results section of our website to view GOAL's 2021 contribution and scholarship award results.