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Applications Now Being Accepted for Additional EdChoice Scholarships Available to Income Eligible Families

Release date: 7/1/2013

COLUMBUS, OH – More Ohio students will be eligible for scholarships thanks to legislation that passed last week and was signed into law by Gov. John Kasich as part of the state’s budget bill on Sunday. By expanding the EdChoice Scholarship program already in place, approximately 2,000 additional kindergarten students will receive a scholarship to attend a private school each year.

The Educational Choice Scholarship, or EdChoice program, was created to provide students from underperforming public schools the opportunity to attend participating private schools. The program provides up to 60,000 EdChoice Scholarships to eligible students.

The expansion of the EdChoice Scholarship will be available for low-income students who do not qualify for the current EdChoice program. Students receiving a scholarship will receive up to $4,250 to attend a private school of their choice and be able to renew the award annually.

To be eligible for the expansion of the EdChoice Scholarship, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Students entering kindergarten for the first time in the 2013-2014 school year;
  • Students who are not eligible for the Cleveland or EdChoice Scholarship programs; and
  • Students from families that earn 200 percent or less of the federal poverty guidelines (for a family of four, the threshold is $46,100 based on 2012 federal poverty guidelines).

If more students apply than there are scholarships available for, first priority for funding will be given to students from families that earn 100 percent or less of the federal poverty guidelines. Once awarded, students may renew their scholarship in subsequent school years. Students will remain eligible if the student’s family income does not rise above 400% of the federal poverty guidelines. Renewal award amounts will decrease should the family income level increase.

Applications will be accepted from July 1 through July 31, 2013. For more information about the EdChoice Scholarship Program, please visit our website at http://edchoice.ohio.gov.