A child’s education should not be limited by a zip code or an income level or a special need. Every child deserves a high-quality education in a learning environment that best fits his or her learning needs, and Ohio is home to five K-12 scholarship programs that can help make that a reality for many families.
Learn more about Ohio’s scholarship programs below:
The EdChoice Scholarship Program is available for students who attend underperforming public schools. To see if your child’s school is on the Ohio Department of Education’s EdChoice-designated schools list, click here. The scholarships are worth $4,650 for students in grades K-8 and $6,000 for high school students and are renewable through high school graduation. Applications must be completed when the window closes in July.
The Income-Based Scholarship Program, an expansion of the EdChoice Program, is available to families who meet specific income guidelines. Any student entering kindergarten, first, second or third grade whose family’s income is at or below 200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines is eligible to apply. For example, a family of four making less than $48,600 is eligible to apply. Click here to see the full income-eligibility chart. The scholarships are worth $4,650 and are renewable through high school graduation. Applications for the Income-Based Scholarship Program must be completed by July.
The Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Program is available for students who live in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The scholarships are worth $4,250 for students in grades K-8 and $5,700 for high school students. They are renewable through high school graduation. The deadline to apply for a Cleveland Scholarship is April 29.
The Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program is available for students with special needs who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) from their home school district. Scholarships are worth up to $27,000 each year, depending on the student’s needs. The deadline to apply for the first application window is April 15. A second application window will open on October 1 and run through November 15.
The Autism Scholarship Program is available for students with an autism diagnosis who have an IEP from their home school district. Scholarships are worth $27,000 each year and applications are accepted year-round.
If you are interested in applying for a scholarship and would like to know more, please contact School Choice Ohio at 1-800-673-5876 or visit www.scohio.org.
School Choice Ohio is the only statewide organization that educates parents on their education options and advocates for the expansion of quality options for every child.