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The Ohio Federation for Children seeks to empower families, especially lower-income families, with the freedom to choose the best K-12 education for their children. We are a project of the American Federation for Children.

OHIO’S SCHOOL CHOICE PROGRAMS:

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Voucher Program - Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Program

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

  • Student must live in the Cleveland Municipal School District.

  • For students in grades K-8, priority is given to students living below 200% of the federal poverty guideline ($53,000 for a family of four in 2021-22).

  • Scholarships are renewable through high school.
     
  • Current private school students are also eligible.

Special Needs Voucher Program - Autism Scholarship Program

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

  • Student must be identified in the category of autism through assigned school district.

  • Student must have a current Individualized Education Program (IEP).

  • Private school students are also eligible.

  • Be in compliance with state compulsory attendance law.

Tax Credit Scholarship

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

  • Priority for students from low-income families.

Voucher Program - Educational Choice Scholarship Program

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

  • Eligible students who received scholarships in 2019-20;

  • Students who meet both of the following: 
    • (1) Did not receive scholarships for the 2019-20 school year; and 
    • (2) Are newly enrolled (or would be newly enrolled) in eligible buildings on both the 2019-20 and 2020-21 lists;

  • Students who were eligible in the 2019-20 school year and remain eligible in the 2020-21 school year;

  • Students who meet all three of the following: 
    • (1) Had siblings who received Traditional EdChoice Scholarships in the 2019-20 school year; 
    • (2) Were (or would be) enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade in eligible buildings on the 2019-20 list; and 
    • (3) Were enrolled in public or nonpublic schools or homeschooled in the 2019-20 school year or will be enrolled in kindergarten or start homeschooling for the equivalent of kindergarten in the 2020-21 school year.

  • Low-Income Eligibility: Students who do not meet the preceding eligibility criteria and will be entering grades K-12 in fall 2020 still may be eligible for EdChoice scholarships if their family income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines ($53,4000 for a family of four in 2021-22).

  • Families who live in the Cleveland Municipal School District are not eligible to apply for EdChoice scholarships.

Voucher Program - Income-based Scholarship Program

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

  • Family income below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines ($53,000 for a family of four in 2023-22) for initial eligibility; scholarships are renewable through graduation.

  • If upon renewal, a student’s family income has increased and is between 201% and 400% of federal poverty guidelines ($53,265 to $106,000 for a family of four in 2021-22), the student remains eligible and may receive a partial scholarship.

  • Student must not be eligible for the Educational Choice Scholarship Program or the Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Program.

  • For the 2019-20 school year, only students entering grades K-6 were eligible.

Voucher Program - Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

  • Student must: 
    • Be identified as a child with a disability by the school district. 
    • Have a current Individualized Education Program (IEP). 
    • Be in compliance with the state compulsory attendance law.
    • Participate in state assessments for renewal.

  • Private school and homeschool students are also eligible.

OHIO VOICES FOR CHOICE

Hear from parents, students, educators and advocates on the power of school choice in your state.

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Our team focuses its time and resources on supporting state-level efforts to provide low-income and middle-income families with access to great schools through private school choice.

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