K-12 Voucher Program


Funded through a 2003 antitrust settlement agreement between Microsoft Corporation and California consumers and businesses, this program assists eligible K-12 districts with implementing and supporting education technology.


Apply For K-12 Voucher Program through CETPA

CETPA, continues to provide leadership and education for the K-12 community. The Education Technology (Ed Tech) K-12 Voucher Program is a grant opportunity that was made available through a Settlement Agreement between California consumers and Microsoft Corporation in Microsoft Cases, Judicial Council Coordinated Proceedings No. 4106, Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco, Department 305. A separate fund (termed "cy pres fund") was established with 66 2/3 percent of the difference between the Face Value Amount of the Settlement ($1.1 billion) and the amount of issued and redeemed Consumer Vouchers. The cy pres fund amount, in the form of vouchers, is offered to eligible schools. An initial release of $250 million was authorized for the first cy pres fund. The cy pres amount is specified in the Settlement Agreement to be allocated 50 percent as General Purpose Vouchers (GPV) and 50 percent as Specific Category Software Vouchers (SCSV). Table 1 below provides a summary of the four K-12 Voucher distributions to date. This includes the fifth distribution made available in November 2016 for $11.9 million. The Settlement Claims Administrator will notify eligible schools and districts of vouchers according to enrollment at qualifying schools. Districts will have until November 30, 2018 (2 years) to submit receipts.

The vouchers made available through this Settlement Agreement are to be used to assist districts with implementing and supporting education technology that fosters effective teaching and promotes student achievement in eligible schools that serve students in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade.


Eligible schools for this fifth release of funding are all operational schools that have previously been deemed eligible for the Ed Tech K-12 Voucher Program and newly eligible schools as follows:

  • All public kindergarten through grade twelve schools, county offices of education, direct-funded charter schools, and State Special Schools in which at least 40 percent of the certified 2015-16 Census Day enrollment met the income eligibility guidelines or were categorically eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals (FRPM) through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
  • All public high schools in California that serve students from public elementary, middle, and junior high schools in California in which at least 40 percent of the certified 2015-16 Census day enrollment met the income eligibility guidelines or were categorically eligible to receive FRPM through the NSLP.

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