The EdChoice Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students who attend the state’s lowest-rated public schools. Scholarships are used at the participating private school of your choice. The scholarship is renewable through high school graduation.
Who is eligible?
The Ohio Department of Education releases the EdChoice designated public schools list, that lists the state’s lowest-rated public schools, every year.
The list of EdChoice-eligible schools for the 2020-21 school year is available here.
Your child is eligible to apply for an EdChoice Scholarship if one of the bullet points below is true:
- Your child attends and is assigned to one of the schools on the list.
- Your child is currently enrolled in a public school in their designated school district 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
- Your child is enrolled in the 8th grade in a private school, does not have a state scholarship, but would be assigned to attend a school building that is on the list due to graduation rate
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 (that do not have a scholarship) are not eligible to apply unless they meet the 8th-grade eligibility exception listed above.
How much is the scholarship worth?
EdChoice Scholarships are worth $4,650 for students in grades K-8 and $6,000 for high school.
What private school can my child attend?
EdChoice Scholarships are only accepted at participating, chartered private schools. To see a list of the private schools that accept EdChoice Scholarships, follow these steps:
Click here to access the dashboard
Click on “Select Program” in the top left-hand corner
Click on “Educational Choice Scholarship”
How do we apply?
Check out the participating private schools – We highly recommend visiting the schools you are interested in before making a decision. Choose the school that is the best fit for your child.
Apply for admission at a private school – Apply to the participating school(s) of your choice. Your child will go through their regular admission process.
Have the private school submit a Scholarship application – Once your child is accepted by the school, the school can submit a scholarship application on your child’s behalf.
- Remember, your child must be accepted at a private school and you must return the scholarship request form to that school before the deadline so that the school can apply on their behalf.
When do we apply?
The priority application window for the EdChoice Scholarship Program begins February 1 and closes May 1. Scholarships for applications made during the priority application period are awarded no later than July 1.
Applications for EdChoice Scholarships submitted after the priority application period closes will still be processed, but the amount of these scholarships will be prorated if the student receives a scholarship after the school year begins.
Remember that only the private school can submit a scholarship application, so be sure your students is accepted at a private school and submit the scholarship request form to that school before the deadline so that they can apply for the scholarship on your behalf.
How many scholarships are available?
There are 60,000 EdChoice Scholarships available to Ohio students.
Will I have to pay for any costs?
The scholarship can be used to pay tuition.
Per the Ohio Department of Education, “If a student’s family income is above 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines the family may have to pay the difference in tuition or participate in volunteer service activities instead of a cash payment. Parents and guardians are also responsible for registration fees, materials fees and other similar types of fees.”
Parents should check with the private school of their choice to see if they offer volunteer opportunities to offset tuition costs.
How is this scholarship funded?
The EdChoice Scholarship is funded through the State of Ohio’s per student funding for that child’s education.
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,
please call us at 614-223-1743 or 1-800-673-5876 or contact us by email here.