Tricia from TX is helping her homeschool co-op apply for 501c3 tax exempt status with the IRS.
On the application form (Form 1023), the IRS asks about scholarships and Tricia asks:
We do provide scholarships for our members that cannot pay their $30 membership fee. Should we check “yes” for line 22?
Part VIII, Line 22 is for “real” scholarships like the kind a high school graduate is given to go to college.
What your group offers is a fee discount. I find that co-ops frequently call these fee discounts “scholarships.” That is the wrong word to use.
Do not call a fee discount a scholarship.
I recommend that you change your wording in your co-op and especially change the word on your application to the IRS.
I think you should check the box NO. You do not provide scholarships as the IRS is using the word.
Carol Topp, CPA