WHAT IS OHIO'S EDUCATIONAL CHOICE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM?
The EdChoice Scholarship Program provides up to 60,000 state-funded scholarships to students who attend low-performing public school buildings. The scholarship must be used to attend private schools that meet requirements for program participation.
WHEN WILL EDCHOICE APPLICATIONS BE ACCEPTED?
The application period begins Feb. 1, 2017 . Families must contact the participating private
school/provider and complete the enrollment/admission process for that school. Once students have been accepted for enrollment at a participating private school/provider for fall 2017, they can then apply for an EdChoice Scholarship through the participating private school/provider. Participating private schools/providers can enter scholarship applications for students through the secure online application system through April 30th.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR EDCHOICE?
Students are eligible for the EdChoice "expansion" scholarship if they meet the following criteria: Student is eligible to enter kindergarten, first, second, third, or fourth grades for fall 2017 ; and Family household income is at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
WHAT IS THE VALUE OF THE SCHOLARSHIP?
The EdChoice scholarship amount is currently $4 65 0 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.
EDCHOICE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
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.
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/ provider, the private school/provider 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/provider 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 REQUIRED TO HAVE THEIR INCOME VERIFIED TO APPLY FOR THE
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.
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