The Ohio EdChoice Scholarship Program (“EdChoice”) has expanded its eligibility for 2023-24 allowing more students to attend private schools in the state. EdChoice provides state-funded scholarships to k12 students who:
- Are assigned to attend a “low performing” public school building;
- Whose family meets the income eligibility requirements (at or below 250% of the federal poverty guidelines);
- Have a sibling who previously received an EdChoice Scholarship;
- Previously received an Autism Scholarship or Jon Peterson Scholarship, but no longer need special education services; or
- Who are foster children.
(A more comprehensive list is available at the link below.)
Applications for the 2023-24 school year opened on February 1, 2023 and will remain open through the 2023-24 school year. Families must contact the private school they are interested in attending and complete the enrollment process for that school. The selected private school must be an EdChoice-participating school. Once accepted for enrollment at the private school, parents may apply for the scholarship directly through the school.
The scholarship amount is currently $5,500 for grades k-8 and $7,500 for grades 9-12. EdChoice will pay either the full scholarship amount or the private school’s actual tuition amount, whichever is less. If the tuition amount is more than the scholarship, families are responsible for the difference, but only for families with a total gross income at 201% or higher of the federal poverty guidelines.
Click HERE for a list of low performing public schools, participating private schools or to learn more about EdChoice.
Written by Mark Weiker, Esq. of Albeit Weiker, LLP
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