Cleveland Scholarship Program updates
The maximum scholarship amount for students in grades 9-12 has increased to $5,700 for the 2013-2014 school year. For students in grades K-8, the maximum scholarship amount remains $4,250. Like the EdChoice Scholarship Program, the Cleveland Scholarship Program covers the maximum or the actual tuition amount, whichever is less. Families (except those of students in grades K-8 whose family income is at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines) are responsible for any remaining tuition beyond the scholarship amount. Schools must give families of K-8 students responsible for a tuition difference the option to volunteer in lieu of cash payment. The program covers tuition costs only. Parents and guardians continue to remain responsible for any additional fees that are not included in the tuition amount, such as registration, graduation and extracurricular activities.
Families who completed the income verification process but were over the poverty threshold received funding. However, all other new applicants will be in a lottery for fewer than 200 additional scholarships. Students not awarded through the lottery will be waitlisted. As students decline their awards, consideration will be given to issuing additional scholarship awards to waitlisted students.
Award letters and scholarship acceptance forms for eligible renewal students and first-year applicants who qualified for low income were mailed in July. The deadline to accept the Cleveland Scholarship is Sept. 13. Additional information about the program is available here.