MADISON, WI (AP) -

Forty eight private and religious schools currently operating in 33 Wisconsin communities have registered to be a part of the state's newly expanded voucher program.

The state Department of Public Instruction released the list of the interested schools on Wednesday.

The most interest came from Green Bay, with six schools there registering. The second highest interest came from Sheboygan, where four schools registered.

No more than 500 students can be in the program next year. Only the 25 schools that receive the most applicants can participate.

Parents who wish to enroll their children in the program can submit applications online starting Thursday through 4 p.m. on Aug. 9.

To participate, family incomes must be less than 185 percent of the federal poverty rate.