The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice

Advancing Milton and Rose D. Friedman's Vision of School Choice for All Children

Ohio - Autism Scholarship Program

Enacted 2003 • Launched 2004 • Voucher

Ohio students on the autism spectrum may receive vouchers for education services from a private provider, including tuition at a private school. After participating students receive education services, they apply to the state for reimbursement of expenses.

Latest Stats (2014)

  • Students participating: 2,496
  • Service providers participating: 267
  • Average voucher value: $19,103 (2012-13)

Program Details

Student Funding
Education services chosen by parents will be reimbursed by the state for up to $20,000 per year.

Student Eligibility
Students must be ages three to 21, diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, and registered in a public school special education system. Students may use the voucher whether or not they were enrolled previously in public schools, though students not previously enrolled in public schools must formally transfer into the public system (they do not need to actually leave their private schools).

Legal Developments
No legal challenges have been filed against the program.

Rules & Regulations
• Income Limit: None
• Prior Year Public School Requirement: None
• Geographic Limit: Statewide
• Enrollment Cap: None
• Voucher Cap: $20,000
• Testing Mandates: None

Governing Statutes
Ohio Rev. Code §§ 3310.41-43

Friedman Contact
Leslie Hiner |

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