Ohio ACE | How to Apply


The ACE Application Step-by-Step Guide walks parents and guardians through the process of applying for ACE funds.

Step 1: Complete the Application

Parents and guardians must complete the ACE application to determine eligibility. To access the application, the parent or guardian must have an OH|ID account.

  • I do not have an OH|ID: 
​The ACE Application Step-by-Step Guide  provides a walkthrough of the application process, including creating an OH|ID account.
  • I have an OH|ID: 
Log in to your OH|ID account and follow the instructions beginning at Step 2 of the ACE Application Step-by-Step Guide .
Please Note: If you have requested the ACE app in OH|ID and the app will not display, please USE THIS LINK to apply for the ACE program. We are aware of this issue and are actively working to fix it.

Step 2: Sign up with Merit

After the ACE application is complete and eligibility has been determined (this entire process may take up to two weeks), qualifying parents and guardians will receive an email from Merit notifying them to sign up to receive access to their account funds. This will also provide a link to the Education Marketplace.

Step 3: Spend ACE Funds with Qualified Education Service Providers

Parents and guardians will be able to access the Education Marketplace to find providers in their areas after income verification has been established and sign-up with Merit on ACEOhio.org is complete.


For questions, please contact ace_savingsaccount@education.ohio.gov.

Last Modified: 6/3/2024 4:09:53 PM