School Bus Purchase Program

Fiscal Year 2022 School Bus Purchase Program

The state budget included a total of $50 million for districts to purchase school buses in fiscal years 2022 and 2023. The Department has developed the School Bus Purchase Program with the following goal in mind: Remove the oldest model year and highest mileage school buses used for regular route service in Ohio. School districts that qualify for the program will receive at least $45,000 per bus.

Under the program, the Ohio Department of Education will issue awards for school districts to purchase one or more buses. Each bus purchased will require the school district to remove one of the qualifying buses (on the approved list provided by the Department) from regular daily service. If more than one bus is purchased, an equivalent number of buses shall be removed from regular service.
 

Previous Fiscal Year School Bus Purchase Program

Fiscal Year 2021 School Bus Purchase Program

The State Budget includes $20 million in new funding in Fiscal Year 2021 for the Department to assist school districts in purchasing school buses. The $20 million investment by the state is the first time since 2009 that the state directly supported the cost of school bus replacement. 

Under the program, the Department of Education will issue awards for school districts to purchase one or more buses. Each bus purchased will require the school district to remove one of its older buses (eight model years or older) from regular daily service. If more than one bus is purchased, an equivalent number of buses should be removed from regular service. 
 

Last Modified: 2/17/2022 3:41:15 PM