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Income-Based Scholarship Program

Created in 2013, the Income-Based Scholarship Program is an expansion of the EdChoice Scholarship Program that provides scholarships to students from working class families to be used toward tuition at the participating private school of their choice. The scholarship is renewable through high school graduation.

Who is eligible?

Any student entering grades K-5 whose family’s income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines is eligible to apply for the upcoming 2018-19 school year, unless they are eligible for the EdChoice Scholarship. Each school year, a new grade will be added. This scholarship is based only on income and is available in any part of the state.

Families with incoming kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth or fifth grade students who earn less than these income guidelines are eligible to apply for the income-based scholarship:

2018-19 Federal Poverty Guidelines

Number in Household

200 Percent FPG















For each additional person

add $8,640

Note: Students who are eligible for the EdChoice Scholarship Program or the Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Program are not eligible for the Income-Based Scholarship Program.

How much is the scholarship worth?

Income-Based Scholarships are worth $4,650, and private schools are required to take the scholarship as full tuition for families under 200% of federal poverty guidelines.

After receiving a scholarship, if a family’s income rises between 200% and 300% of federal poverty guidelines, their child will receive a scholarship worth 75% of its maximum amount. If it rises to between 300% and 400%, the child’s scholarship will be reduced to 50% of its maximum value. If a family’s income rises above 400%, their child will no longer be eligible to receive a scholarship.

What private school can my child attend?

Income-Based Scholarships are accepted at any participating, chartered private school.

To see a list of the private schools that accept EdChoice Scholarships, follow these steps:

  1. Click here to access the dashboard
  2. Click on "Select Program" in the top left-hand corner
  3. Click on "Educational Choice Scholarship Expansion"

How do we apply? 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 application deadline to apply.

When do we apply?

The application window for the Income-Based Scholarship Program opens on February 1. The Ohio Department of Education will set the deadline date each year. Depending on the number of applications received in the first window, a second window could open in July. 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.

How many scholarships are available?

The number of scholarships available depends upon the funding that is allocated for this program in the state budget. 

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 you are renewing a scholarship and your family income is now above 200% of federal poverty guidelines, 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.


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,
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