WHAT IS OHIO’S EDUCATIONAL CHOICE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM?
The EdChoice Scholarship Program provides up to 60,000 state-funded scholarship students who attend low performing public school buildings. The scholarship must be used to attend private schools that meet requirements for program participation.
- Who is eligible to apply for EdChoice?
- The following students are eligible to apply for an EdChoice scholarship:
● Students currently attending a designated public school in their resident district;
● Students attending a public school in their resident district who will be assigned to one of the designated public schools for the upcoming school year;
● Students currently attending a charter/community school whose assigned home school is a designated public school building;
● Students eligible to enter kindergarten for fall 2019 who would be assigned to one of the designated public schools; or
● Students enrolling in an Ohio school for the first time who would be assigned to one of the designated public schools for the upcoming school year.
- What is the difference between the Traditional EdChoice Scholarship and the EdChoice Expansion Scholarship?
- The EdChoice Traditional Scholarship provides all students entering K-12th from under performing public schools the opportunity to attend participating private schools. The EdChoice Expansion Scholarship also provides students who are entering K-6th grade the same opportunity, if their household income meets the state’s requirements.
- How do I find out if my public school is on the list of low performing schools?
- The list of low performing schools can be found on the Ohio Department of Education’s website at: education.ohio.gov/edchoice. If your school is not found on the list, check out Toledo Christian’s other variable assistance options at https://toledochristian.com/admissions/affordability/
- What is the value of the scholarship?
- The EdChoice scholarship amount is currently $4650 for grades K-8 and $6000 for grades 9-12. EdChoice will pay either the scholarship amount or the private school’s actual tuition amount, whichever is less.
- Will parents/guardians have to pay any amount of money?
- The scholarship amount covers tuition ONLY. Parents and guardians still may have to pay registration fees, material fees and other similar types of fees. Families who qualify for low income status do not have to pay any tuition that is not covered by the scholarship. However, if the private school’s tuition is higher than the EdChoice Scholarship amount and if the family does not qualify for low income status, the family may have to pay the difference.
- Can the EdChoice Scholarship be renewed?
- Yes, the scholarship can be renewed each year through grade 12 as long as the student:
1. Does not move to another public school district, unless the student would be assigned to an EdChoice-designated public school in the student’s new district;
2. Takes all required state achievement tests; and
3. Does not have more than 20 unexcused absences for the school year.NOTE: In addition to meeting the testing and attendance requirements, EdChoice expansion students can renew their scholarships if they continue living in Ohio and meeting the income requirements.
- When will EdChoice Applications be accepted?
- The first application period begins February 1 and ends April 30, 2019. The second application period, for traditional EdChoice Scholarship only, begins July 1 and ends July 31, 2019. Families must contact the participating private school and complete the enrollment/admissions process for that school. Once students have been accepted for enrollment at a participating private school for fall 2019, they can apply for an EdChoice Scholarship through participating private school.
Participating private schools can enter scholarship applications for students through the secure online application system.
- Should parents and students apply for an EdChoice Scholarship first or apply for admission to a private school first?
- Parents and students should first apply for admission at the participating private school. Once the student has been accepted for enrollment at the private school, the private school will submit a scholarship application for the student through the secure online application system.
- What information is needed to apply for the Scholarship?
- Parents must provide the private school with a copy of the student’s birth certificate, a copy of current proof of address and the Scholarship Request Form to apply for the scholarship. Parents renewing their child’s scholarship must provide a copy of current proof of address and the Scholarship Renewal Form.
- Are families to have their income verified to apply for the Scholarship?
- Yes. The expansion scholarship is income-based. Families applying for the EdChoice “expansion” scholarship MUST have their income verified; it is not optional. NOTE: Income verification is not required to apply for a traditional EdChoice scholarship. However, families cannot qualify for low-income status unless they have their income verified by the EdChoice Scholarship Program.
- Why do I have to have my income verified?
- The Income Verification Process is important for some families to determine if they meet low income requirements of the scholarship program. If you are a new applicant of the Scholarship and you qualify for low income status, you will not have to pay tuition above the amount of the scholarship. If you are a new or renewal applicant of the EdChoice Scholarship, you must complete the income process every year to receive a scholarship award. Income Verification Form
- Where can I find out more information?
- Visit the EdChoice Web page at education.ohio.gov/edchoice or send email to email@example.com.
What Do I Do Next?
Give us a call and we can help you through the process! You will need to complete the Admissions process first before an EdChoice application can be processed!
If you have any questions or if I can be assistance in anyway, please feel free to call me! I look forward to talking with you!
State Scholarship Coordinator