America's School Choice Programs Ranked by Eligibility, 2017 Edition
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  • Jan 26 2017

America’s School Choice Programs Ranked by Eligibility, 2017 Edition

At EdChoice, our goal for any educational choice program is universal eligibility. We believe that all parents—regardless of ZIP Code, income, or any other factors—should have access to flexible educational options. You can find specific program eligibility rates in this year’s ABCs of School Choice, or check out this comprehensive list for programs ranked by school choice eligibility. Last year’s rankings are in parenthesis following each program name.

When possible, we calculate program eligibility based on the number of students in the state eligible to participate in that educational choice program. For programs with income limits, we calculate eligibility based on the number of families with children in the state who are income-eligible to participate in that educational choice program. See my May 2016 blog post for an in-depth look at our eligibility calculations.

It’s important to understand that just because a program has high eligibility doesn’t mean it will have high participation. As today’s participation rankings, not every family who is eligible for school choice will choose to use an educational choice program, but we believe that such options should be available should parents choose them.

Later this week, we’ll show how important

T1. Ohio’s Cleveland Scholarship Program (T1)
Voucher100% of students eligible

T1. Montana’s Tax Credits for Contributions to Student Scholarship Organizations (T1)
Tax-Credit Scholarship100% of students eligible

T1. Minnesota’s Education Deduction (T1)
Individual Tax Deduction100% of taxpaying families with children eligible

T1. Iowa’s Tuition and Textbook Tax Credits (T1)
Individual Tax Credit100% of taxpaying families with children eligible

T1. Illinois’s Tax Credits for Educational Expenses (T1)
Individual Tax Credit100% of taxpaying families with children eligible

Arizona’s Original Individual Income Tax Credit Scholarship Program (7)
Tax-Credit Scholarship | 99% of families with children eligible

7. Nevada’s Education Savings Accounts (8)
ESA96% of students eligible

8. Arizona’s “Switcher” Individual Income Tax Credit Scholarship Program (6)
Tax-Credit Scholarship |95% of families with children eligible

9. Douglas County, Colorado’s Choice Scholarship Program (9)
Voucher94% of students eligible

10. Georgia’s Qualified Education Expense Tax Credit (10)
Tax-Credit Scholarship93% of students eligible

11. Oklahoma’s Equal Opportunity Education Scholarships (11)
Tax-Credit Scholarship78% of families with children eligible

12. Wisconsin’s Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (12)
Voucher75% of families with children eligible

13. Ohio’s Income-Based Scholarship Program (13)
Voucher58% of families with children eligible

14. Indiana’s Choice Scholarship Program (14)
Voucher54% of students eligible

15. Arizona’s Low-Income Corporate Income Tax Credit Scholarship Program (18)
Tax-Credit Scholarship53% of families with children eligible

16. Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (16)
Tax-Credit Scholarship |53% of families with children eligible

17. Wisconsin’s Parental Private School Choice Program (Racine) (20)
Voucher |53% of families with children eligible

18. Nevada’s Educational Choice Scholarship Program (17)
Tax-Credit Scholarship53% of families with children eligible

19. Indiana’s School Scholarship Tax Credit (19)
Tax-Credit Scholarship |49% of families with children eligible

20. South Dakota’s Partners in Education Tax Credit Program (NEW)
Tax-Credit Scholarship |47% of families with children eligible

21. Louisiana’s Tuition Donation Rebate Program (21)
Tax-Credit Scholarship46% of families with children eligible

22. Iowa’s School Tuition Organization Tax Credit (24)
Tax-Credit Scholarship |43% of families with children eligible

23. North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarships (22)
Voucher41% of families with children eligible

24. Alabama’s Education Scholarship Program (15)
Tax-Credit Scholarship |39% of families with children eligible

25. Rhode Island’s Tax Credits for Contributions to Scholarship Organizations (23)
Tax-Credit Scholarship39% of families with children eligible

26. Virginia’s Education Improvement Scholarships Tax Credit Program (27)
Tax-Credit Scholarship |38% of families with children eligible

27. Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program (25)
Tax-Credit Scholarship |38% of families with children eligible

28. Louisiana Scholarship Program (32)
Voucher |36% of students eligible

29. Washington, D.C.’s Opportunity Scholarship Program (26)
Voucher32% of families with children eligible

30. New Hampshire’s Education Tax Credit Program (28)
Tax-Credit Scholarship32% of families with children eligible

31. Maryland’s Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) Program (NEW)
Voucher |25% of families with children eligible

32. Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (29)
ESA22% of students eligible

33. Kansas’s Tax Credit for Low Income Students Scholarship Program (30)
Tax-Credit Scholarship22% of families with children eligible

34. Minnesota’s K–12 Education Credit (31)
Individual Tax Credit20% of families with children eligible

35. Oklahoma’s Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities (34)
Voucher16% of students eligible

36. Wisconsin’s K–12 Private School Tuition Deduction (45)
Individual Tax Deduction |15% of taxpaying families with children eligible

37. Wisconsin’s Parental Choice Program (Statewide) (33)
Voucher14% of families with children eligible

38. Louisiana’s Elementary and Secondary School Tuition Deduction (35)
Individual Tax Deduction14% of students eligible

39. Ohio’s Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program (36)
Voucher14% of students eligible

40. Arkansas’s Succeed Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities (39)
Voucher |13% of students eligible

41. Florida’s John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program (40)
Voucher |13% of students eligible

42. South Carolina’s Educational Credit for Exceptional Needs Children (38)
Tax-Credit Scholarship13% of students eligible

43. Mississippi’s Equal Opportunity for Students with Special Needs Program (42)
ESA |13% of students eligible

44. South Carolina’s Refundable Educational Credit for Exceptional Needs Children (41)
Individual Tax Credit13% of students eligible

45. Wisconsin’s Special Needs Scholarship Program (37)
Voucher13% of students eligible

46. Utah’s Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarship Program (43)
Voucher |12% of students eligible

47. North Carolina’s Special Education Scholarship Grant for Children with Disabilities (44)
Voucher12% of students eligible

48. Florida’s Gardiner Scholarship Program (46)
ESA12% of students eligible

49. Arizona’s Lexie’s Law for Disabled and Displaced Students Tax Credit Scholarship Program (47)
Tax-Credit Scholarship12% of students eligible

50. Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program (48)
Voucher11% of students eligible

51. Ohio’s Educational Choice Scholarship Program (49)
Voucher10% of students eligible

52. Indiana’s Private School/Homeschool Deduction (50)
Individual Tax Deduction9% of students eligible

53. Pennsylvania’s Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (51)
Tax-Credit Scholarship7% of students eligible

54. Louisiana’s School Choice Program for Certain Students with Exceptionalities (52)
Voucher6% of students eligible

55. Alabama Accountability Act of 2013 Parent-Taxpayer Refundable Tax Credits (54)
Individual Tax Credit |4% of students eligible

56. Vermont’s Town Tuitioning Program (53)
Voucher |4% of students eligible

57. Maine’s Town Tuitioning Program (55)
Voucher3% of students eligible

58. Mississippi’s Nate Rogers Scholarship for Students with Disabilities Program (56)
Voucher3% of students eligible

59. Mississippi Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship for Students with Dyslexia Program (57)
Voucher2% of students eligible

60. Tennessee’s Individualized Education Accounts (58)
ESA2% of students eligible

61. Ohio’s Autism Scholarship (59)
Voucher1% of students eligible

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