Choice Scholarship Program

Program Information

  • V
  • Program Type: Voucher Program, Means Tested

Student Participation

  • Family income cannot exceed 100% of the amount required to qualify for the free or reduced-price lunch (FRL) program for a 90% scholarship ($46,435 for family of four in 2018)
  • Family income cannot exceed 150% of the amount required to qualify for the FRL program for a 50% scholarship ($69,652 for family of four in 2018)
  • Student must:
    • Have attended an Indiana public school for two semesters immediately prior to enrolling in the Choice Scholarship Program and have a family income that cannot exceed 150% of the amount required to qualify for the FRL program; or
    • Have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and a family income that cannot exceed 200% of the amount required to qualify for FRL program ($92,870 for family of four in 2018); or
    • Be zoned to attend a public school rated “F” and have a family income that cannot exceed 150% of the amount required to qualify for the free or reduced-price lunch program; or
    • Be a sibling of a student who received either a Choice Scholarship or an SGO scholarship in a preceding school year and have a family income that cannot exceed 150% of the amount required to qualify for the FRL program; or
    • Have received a voucher for the entire previous year and have a family income of 200% of the amount required to qualify for the FRL program; or
    • Have received an SGO scholarship in a preceding school year and have a family income of 150% of the amount required to qualify for the FRL program; or
    • Have received a voucher for only part of the previous year or a prior year and have a family income of 150% of the amount required to qualify for the FRL program; or
    • Have used an Early Education Grant to attend Pre-K at an eligible Choice Scholarship school and have a family income that does not exceed 69% of the amount required to quality for the FRL program ($32,040 for family of four in 2018)
  • The school must be either:
    • a nonpublic school accredited by the state board or
    • a nonpublic school that meets both of the following:
      • accredited by a national or regional accreditation agency that is recognized by the state board and
      • administers a nationally recognized and norm-referenced assessment to the school's students
  • Not discriminate on the basis of race, color or national origin
  • Conduct criminal background checks on employees
  • Administer the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress (ISTEP) assessment to all students in the school and report to the state data for A-F ratings, including ISTEP scores and graduation rates
    • To remain eligible to accept new scholarship students, a school must not be rated as “D” or “F” for two or more consecutive years
  • Grant the state full access to its premises for observing classroom instruction and reviewing any instructional materials and curricula
  • Provide civic and character education and display related historical documents
  • Select students for admission via public lottery if the number of Choice Scholarship applicants exceeds the number of available seats

Data Update

Schools Participating
318
2015 Expenditures
$153,967,952

Financial

Scholarship Cap
- Whichever is less:
-- Tuition and fees of private school
-- 90 percent of the state tuition support amount for students with a family income not exceeding 100 percent of the required income for the free or reduced-price lunch program or 50 percent of the state tuition support amount for students with a family income not exceeding 150 percent of the required income for the free or reduced-price lunch program
Enrollment Cap
- None
Program Funding
- No specific program appropriation