WHAT IS OHIO’S EDUCATIONAL CHOICE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM?

The Ohio Educational Choice Scholarship Program (EdChoice) provides up to 60,000 state-funded scholarships to students who attend low-performing public schools (check eligibility here). The scholarship may be used to attend any of the Toledo-area Catholic Schools (Cardinal Stritch, Central Catholic, Notre Dame, St. Francis, St. John’s Jesuit, St. Ursula).

WHEN WILL EDCHOICE APPLICATIONS BE ACCEPTED?

The next EdChoice application period will begin on February 1st and continue through April 30th.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR APPLYING FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP?

Families must contact the participating private school and complete the enrollment/admission process for that school. Once students have been accepted for enrollment at a participating private school for fall 2020, they can then apply for an EdChoice Scholarship through the participating private school. Participating private schools can enter scholarship applications for students through the secure online application system.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR EDCHOICE?

The traditional scholarship eligibility is determined by attendance and/or assignment to a public school building which has been either: 1) rated in “Academic Emergency” or "Academic Watch" for two of the past three years or 2) ranked in the lowest 10% of public school buildings by performance index score for two of the past three school years (all incoming 9-12 grade students in Toledo, OH are eligible for the EdChoice scholarship.)

The following students are eligible to apply for an EdChoice scholarship:

  • Students attending a public school in their resident district who will be assigned to one of the designated public schools for the upcoming school year

  • Students currently attending a charter/community school whose assigned home school is a designated public school building

  • Students eligible to enter kindergarten for the upcoming school year who would be assigned to one of the designated public schools.

  • Students enrolling in an Ohio school for the first time who would be assigned to one of the designated public schools for the upcoming school year.

EdChoice Eligible Schools.

EdChoice Provider/Private Schools

Please click this icon located at the top-right corner of the map below to enlarge and enter your address to find EdChoice Eligible and Provider/Private Schools near you.

Map provided by education.ohio.gov

WHAT IS THE VALUE OF THE SCHOLARSHIP*?

The EdChoice scholarship amount is currently $4650 for grades K-8 and $6000 for grades 9-12.

*EdChoice will pay either the scholarship amount or the private school's actual tuition amount, whichever is less.

WILL PARENTS/GUARDIANS HAVE TO PAY ANY AMOUNT OF MONEY?

The scholarship amount covers tuition ONLY. If the private school's tuition is higher than the EdChoice Scholarship amount and if the family does not qualify for low income status (EdChoice Expansion), the family may have to pay the difference.

CAN THE EDCHOICE SCHOLARSHIP BE RENEWED?

Yes, the scholarship can be renewed each year through grade 12 as long as the student: 1. Does not move to another public school district, unless the student would be assigned to an EdChoice-designated public school in the student's new district; 2. Takes all required state achievement tests; and 3. Does not have more than 20 unexcused absences for the school year. NOTE: In addition to meeting the testing and attendance requirements, EdChoice expansion students can renew their scholarships if they continue living in Ohio and meeting the income requirements.

SHOULD PARENTS AND STUDENTS APPLY FOR AN EDCHOICE SCHOLARSHIP FIRST OR APPLY FOR ADMISSION TO A PRIVATE SCHOOL FIRST?

Parents and students should first apply for admission at the participating private school. Once the student has been accepted for enrollment at the private school, the private school will submit a scholarship application for the student through the secure online application system.

WHAT INFORMATION IS NEEDED TO APPLY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP?

Parents must provide the private school with a copy of the student's birth certificate, a copy of current proof of address (utility bill, etc.) and the Scholarship Request Form to apply for the scholarship.

YOUR CHILD. YOUR CHOICE.

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