Created in 2005, the EdChoice Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students who attend the state’s lowest-rated public schools to be used toward tuition at the participating private school of their choice. The scholarship is renewable through high school graduation.
Who is eligible?
The Ohio Department of Education releases a list each year of the state’s lowest-rated public schools, which are known as designated schools. Click here for the list of designated schools for the 2015-16 school year application window.
Your child is eligible to apply for an EdChoice Scholarship if one of the bullet points below is true:
- Your child attends one of the schools on the list
- Your child is currently in the public school sector and is assigned to attend one of the schools on the list for the upcoming school year
- Your child attends a charter school but is assigned to attend a school on the list
- Your child is homeschooled, has not attended an Ohio school, and is assigned to attend a school on the list
A student must be eligible at both the time in which they apply and are awarded to receive a scholarship.
Note: Current private school students are not eligible to apply.
How much is the scholarship worth?
EdChoice Scholarships are worth $4,650 for students in grades K-8. High school students will receive a scholarship worth $5,900 for the 2015-16 school year and $6,000 for the 2016-17 school year.
What private school can my child attend?
How do we apply?
- Start shopping – Review the list of participating private schools. Use the evaluation tools, and choose the school on the list that is the best fit for your child and family.
- Apply to a private school – Apply to the participating private school(s) of your choice. Your child will go through the regular admission process at the school. Your child will need to be enrolled in the private school by Sept. 5 in order to apply for a scholarship for the 2014-15 school year.
- Scholarship application – If your child is accepted, the private school you choose will apply for the scholarship on your behalf.
Note: All steps must be completed by the spring or summer application deadline to apply.
When do we apply?
There are two application windows every year. The first application window begins in February. The second application opens July 1, but keep in mind that schools may have limited hours at this time, so apply early. Your child must already have been accepted at a private school before the deadline so that the school can apply for the scholarship on their behalf. Know that some private schools will cut off their application window earlier than the EdChoice application deadline, and classrooms may fill quickly, so apply as soon as possible.
How many scholarships are available?
There are 60,000 EdChoice Scholarships available to Ohio students.
How many students receive the scholarship?
In the 2013-14 school year, there are 18,080 students who receive the EdChoice Scholarship.
Will I have to pay any costs?
The scholarship can be used toward tuition. You will be responsible for paying other costs like application fees, uniform costs, etc. If your family does not meet the low-income guidelines (2x federal poverty limits), you will be responsible for any tuition costs not covered by the scholarship. Parents should check with the school of their choice to see if it is possible for volunteer opportunities to offset tuition costs.
How is this scholarship funded?
The EdChoice Scholarship is funded through the State of Ohio using funding already allocated for a child’s education. When a child receives the scholarship, half of the funding allocated to that child stays at the public school, and the other half follows the child to the private school.
The Ohio Department of Education administers this scholarship program.
For more information on the program from the department, click here.
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