Scholarship Programs (Vouchers)

Across Ohio, tens of thousands of parents are using state-funded scholarships to send their children to the school of their choice. Through Ohio’s scholarship programs, parents are able to use a portion of the tax money that is designated for their child’s education to the school of their choice.

All scholarships are renewable through high school graduation. Schools that participate in the state’s scholarship programs are approved by the Ohio Department of Education and adhere to the Operating Standards for Ohio Schools.

Cleveland Scholarship & Tutoring Program

Created in 1995

  • All K-12 students who live in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District are eligible to apply
  • Scholarships are worth $4,650 for students in grades K-8 and $6,000 for high school students
  • Families choose from more than 40 participating schools citywide

 

Autism Scholarship

Created in 2003

  • Any student ages 3-21 on the autism spectrum with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is eligible to participate
  • Autism Scholarships are worth $27,000 to use at participating schools and private service providers
  • Families choose from more than 250 schools, therapists and agencies.

 

Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship

Created in 2011

  • Any K-12 student with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is eligible to apply
  • Maximum scholarship amounts range from $7,598 to $27,000 and can be used at participating schools and services providers
  • Families choose from more than 300 public and private schools, therapists, and agencies.

 

EdChoice Scholarship Program

Created in 2005

  • EdChoice Scholarships are available for students in the state’s lowest-rated public schools
  • Scholarships are worth $4,650 for students in grades K-8 and $6,000 for high school students
  • Families choose from over 450 participating private schools accept scholarship students.

 

EdChoice Income-Based (Expansion) Scholarships

Created in 2013

  • Income-Based Scholarships are available for any student entering grades K-6 (grades K-12 effective with the 2020-21 school year) whose family income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
  • Scholarships are worth $4,650 for students in grades K-8 and $6,000 for high school students
  • Families choose from over 450 participating private schools accept scholarship students.