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Application Deadline Extended for Private School Scholarships

Release date: 8/1/2014

Re-issued Report Cards for “Scrubbing” Districts May Impact EdChoice Scholarship Eligibility

COLUMBUS, OH – The deadline to apply for scholarships that help students from underperforming public schools attend participating private schools has been extended until Sept. 5, 2014, as more students may become eligible.   

The department of education soon will re-issue report cards from 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 for districts identified as “scrubbers” (and 2010-2011 for the Columbus City School District), which could make students enrolled at specific schools eligible for EdChoice Scholarships.

The extension, which is applicable statewide, will allow students and their parents more time to make a better informed school decision and still allow for an application to be submitted prior to the deadline. Previously, the application deadline was Aug. 1.

The EdChoice Scholarship Program enables students who are assigned to attend underperforming public schools with the opportunity to attend a participating private school if awarded one of up to 60,000 state-funded scholarships. Students in 220 schools in 30 districts are eligible to participate. A list of eligible underperforming schools and participating private schools can be found here.

The maximum amount of the scholarship for kindergarten through eighth-grade students is $4,250 while the maximum amount for high school students is $5,000. Students can determine if they are eligible for the EdChoice Scholarship by utilizing the eligibility flow chart found here.

Students must first be accepted for enrollment at the participating private school and then they can apply for the scholarship. The private school will submit the scholarship application through the secure online scholarship application system.

For more information about the EdChoice Scholarship Program, please visit our website here Additional information regarding attendance investigations will be forthcoming.


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