Enacted 2011 • Launched 2011 • Voucher
Indiana’s Choice Scholarship Program allows students in low- and middle-income families to receive
vouchers to attend private school.
Latest Stats (2013-14)
- Students participating: 19,809
- Schools participating: 313
- Average voucher value: $3,962 (2012-13)
Students from families that qualified for the federal free and reduced-price lunch (FRL) program can
receive a voucher worth up to 90 percent of the state per-student spending amount for the sending
school district. Students from families earning 150 percent of that same threshold can receive a voucher
worth up to 50 percent of the state funding allocation for the sending district. The maximum voucher
size is $4,700 for students in grades K-8 and $4,500 for students in grades 9-12. Families can supplement
vouchers with additional funds. In 2014-15, the K-8 maximum voucher increases to $4,800.
Children must be between ages five and 22 to participate. Eligible students include: (1) students who
attended a public school (including a charter school) for the preceding two semesters and who are
from families earning up to (but not exceeding) 150 percent of FRL ($65,352 for a family of four in
2013-14), (2) students with disabilities that have an Individualized Education Plan and who are from
families earning up to (but not exceeding) 200 percent of FRL ($87,136 for a family of four in 2013-14),
(3) students who attended or would attend a public school designated “F” and who are from families
earning up to (but not exceeding) 150 percent of FRL, (4) students or siblings of students who received
a minimum of an $800 tax-credit scholarship in the previous school year from a Scholarship Granting
Organization, or (5) students who received a voucher in the previous school year under this program
and are from families earning up to (but not exceeding) 200 percent of FRL.
July 1, 2011, teachers’ union officials and others challenged Indiana’s voucher program in state court,
alleging the Indiana Constitution prohibits funding of religious schools. A Marion County Superior Court
judge denied a motion for preliminary injunction. The trial court issued a summary judgment January
13, 2012, in favor of the program. After an appeal was issued, the Indiana Supreme Court heard oral
arguments on the program November 21, 2012. On March 26, 2013, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled
unanimously that the Choice Scholarship Program does not violate any provision of the state constitution.
Meredith v. Pence, Indiana Supreme Court, No. 49S00-1203-PL-172.
Rules & Regulations
• Income Limit: 150 percent x FRL
• Prior Year Public School Requirement: Conditional
• Geographic Limit: Statewide
• Enrollment Cap: None
• Voucher Cap: Conditional
• Testing Mandates: State achievement tests
Ind. Code § 20-51
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