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Applications Now Being Accepted for Private School and Special Needs Scholarships

Release date: 2/5/2014

COLUMBUS, OH – Applications are now being accepted for scholarships that help students from underperforming public schools or those with special needs attend participating private schools.  

The EdChoice Scholarship Program enables students who are assigned to attend underperforming public schools 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.

Additional EdChoice scholarships are available to incoming kindergarten and first grade students whose family income is at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. These scholarships are available to anyone who meets the income requirements regardless of where they live in Ohio. Approximately 4,000 scholarships are available. Students receiving a scholarship will receive up to $4,250 to attend a private school of their choice and will be able to renew the award annually.

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

  • Students entering kindergarten and first grade for the first time in the 2014-2015 school year;
  • Students who are not eligible for the Cleveland or school-based EdChoice Scholarship programs;
  • Students from families that earn 200 percent or less of the federal poverty guidelines (for a family of four, the threshold is $47,100 based on 2013 federal poverty guidelines). For more information about federal poverty guidelines, please click here.

Students applying for the income-based EdChoice Scholarship 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.

Applications will be accepted Feb. 1 through April 18, 2014 and July 1 thorugh September 5, 2014. For more information about the EdChoice Scholarship Program, please visit our website here.

Separately, the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students who are eligible to attend kindergarten through 12th grade and have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) from their district of residence. The amount of each scholarship is be based on the disability identified on the student’s IEP and will not exceed $20,000.

To apply, parents of eligible students must first register with a participating Peterson Scholarship provider school. The school will have the required application forms and will assist the parent in the scholarship application process. More information is available here.

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