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Cleveland Scholarship & Tutoring Program

Created in 1995, the Cleveland Scholarship & Tutoring Program provides scholarships to students who live in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to be used toward tuition at the participating private or public school of their choice within the Cleveland Metropolitan School District boundaries. The scholarship is renewable through high school graduation.

Who is eligible?

Any school-aged child who lives within the boundaries of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District is eligible to apply for the Cleveland Scholarship & Tutoring Program.

How much is the scholarship worth?

Cleveland scholarships are worth $4,250 for students in grades K-8 and $5,700 for high school students.

What private school can my child attend?

The Cleveland scholarships are accepted at participating, chartered private schools and public schools within the boundaries of Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Click here for a list of participating schools that accept Cleveland scholarships.

How do we apply?

  1. Start shopping – Review the list of participating schools. Use the evaluation tools, and choose the school on the list that is the best fit for your child and family.
  2. Apply to a private school – Apply to the participating school(s) of your choice. Your child will go through the regular admission process at the school.
  3. Scholarship application – If your child is accepted, the school you choose will apply for the scholarship on your behalf.

Note: All steps must be completed by the spring application deadline to apply.

When do we apply?

The application window for the Cleveland Scholarship opens on February 1. Parents can apply through April 29. Your child must already have been accepted at a private school before the deadline so that the school can apply on their behalf.

How many scholarships are available?

The number of available scholarships is limited based on the amount of funding allotted to the program. Priority is given to verified low-income families. Generally, between 6,000 and 7,000 scholarships are available per year.

How many students receive the scholarship?

In the 2013-14 school year, there are 7,039 students who receive the Cleveland Scholarship.

Will I have to pay any costs?

The Cleveland Scholarship can be used toward tuition. You might be responsible for paying other costs like application fees, uniform costs, etc.

How is this scholarship funded?

The Cleveland Scholarship is funded through the State of Ohio, partly through per-student funding and partly through a separate state budget appropriation.

The Ohio Department of Education administers this scholarship program.
For more information on the program from the department, click here.

If you have any questions about this scholarship program,
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