The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice

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

Ohio - Income-Based Scholarship Program

Enacted 2013 • Launched 2013 • Voucher

Income-qualified Ohio kindergartners are eligible for vouchers to attend private schools, provided they are not otherwise eligible for a voucher in Ohio. In future years of the program, the next grade higher will be added each subsequent year.

Latest Stats (2013-14)

  • Students participating: 937
  • Schools participating: 443
  • Maximum voucher value: $4,250

Program Details

Student Funding
Vouchers are worth up to $4,250, not to exceed the private school’s actual tuition and fees. Voucher amounts fluctuate based on family income.

Student Eligibility
In the first year of the program, students are eligible if they are incoming, first-time kindergartners from families with incomes (1) no more than 200 percent of the federal poverty level ($47,100 for a family of four in 2013-14) for a maximum voucher, (2) above 200 percent but no more than 300 percent of the federal poverty level ($70,650 for a family of four in 2013-14) for a voucher worth $3,187.50, or 3) above 300 percent but no more than 400 percent of the federal poverty level ($94,200 for a family of four in 2013-14) for a voucher worth $2,125. If more applications are received than available vouchers, priority will be given first to students who received vouchers in the previous year, second to students from families with incomes at or below 100 percent of the federal poverty level ($23,550 for a family of four in 2013-14), and third to students from families with incomes between 100 and 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Once they receive a voucher, a student is eligible in future years unless their family income exceeds 400 percent of the federal poverty level. Only students from low-income families who do not qualify for the EdChoice Scholarship Program are eligible.

Rules & Regulations
• Income Limit: 400 percent x poverty
• Prior Year Public School Requirement: None
• Geographic Limit: Statewide
• Enrollment Cap: Conditional
• Voucher Cap: $4,250
• Testing Mandates: State achievement tests

Governing Statutes
Ohio Rev. Code § 3310.032

Friedman Contact
Stephanie Linn | stephanie@edchoice.org

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