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  • Jan 27 2015

America’s School Choice Programs Ranked by Population

Which school choice programs are the biggest? Smallest? How does one state’s program stack up to others? For the 2015 release of The ABCs of School Choice tomorrow, we’ve ranked America’s school choice programs by how many participants they’ve helped based on the most recent data available.

1. Illinois Tax Credits for Educational Expenses
Tax credit/deduction | 293,813 tax returns
-the nation’s largest individual tax credit program for educational expenses

2. Minnesota Education Deduction
Tax credit/deduction | 222,021 tax returns

3. Iowa Tuition and Textbook Tax Credit
Tax credit/deduction | 138,198 tax returns

4. Louisiana Elementary and Secondary School Tuition Deduction
Tax credit/deduction | 106,549 tax returns

5. Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program
Tax-credit scholarship | 69,671 scholarships
-the nation’s largest tax-credit scholarship program

6. Indiana Private School/Homeschool Deduction
Tax credit/deduction | 54,278 tax returns


7. Minnesota K-12 Education Credit

Tax credit/deduction | 53,516 tax returns

8. Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program
Tax-credit scholarship | 38,278 scholarships

9. Indiana Choice Scholarship Program
Voucher | 29,146 students

-the nation’s largest voucher program

10. Florida John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program
Voucher | 28,957 students

11. Wisconsin Milwaukee Parental Choice Program
Voucher | 26,056 students

12. Arizona Original Individual Income Tax Credit Scholarship Program
Tax-credit scholarship | 25,720 scholarships

13. Ohio Educational Choice Scholarship Program
Voucher | 18,842 students

14. Georgia Qualified Education Expense Tax Credit
Tax-credit scholarship | 13,268 scholarships

15. Arizona Low-Income Corporate Income Tax Credit Scholarship Program
Tax-credit scholarship | 11,653 scholarships


16. Indiana School Scholarship Tax Credit

Tax-credit scholarship | 11,067 scholarships

17. Iowa School Tuition Organization Tax Credit
Tax-credit scholarship | 10,475 scholarships

18. Pennsylvania Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program
Tax-credit scholarship | 7,601 scholarships

19. Louisiana Scholarship Program
Voucher | 7,362 students

20. Ohio Cleveland Scholarship Program
Voucher | 6,703 students

21. Maine Town Tuitioning Program
Voucher | 5,635 students

22. Arizona “Switcher” Individual Income Tax Credit Scholarship Program
Tax-credit scholarship | 4,668 scholarships

23. Vermont Town Tuitioning Program
Voucher | 3,585 students

24. Ohio Income-Based Scholarship Program
Voucher | 3,481 students

25. Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program
Voucher | 3,416 students

26. Ohio Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program
Voucher | 3,319 students

27. Ohio Autism Scholarship Program
Voucher | 2,934 students

28. Wisconsin Parental Private School Choice Program (Racine)
Voucher | 1,674 students

29. D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program
Voucher | 1,442 students

30. Arizona Empowerment Scholarship Accounts
ESA | 1,311 students

-the nation’s first and largest education savings account program

31. Florida Personal Learning Scholarship Account Program
ESA | 1,265 students

32. Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (Statewide)
Voucher | 998 students

33. Virginia Education Improvement Scholarships Tax Credits Program
Tax-credit scholarship | 921 scholarships

34. Utah Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarship Program
Voucher | 714 students

35. Oklahoma Equal Opportunity Education Scholarships
Tax-credit scholarship| 709 scholarships

36. North Carolina Opportunity Scholarships
Voucher | 568 students

37. Colorado Douglas County Choice Scholarship Pilot Program*
Voucher | 494 students

38. Rhode Island Tax Credits for Contributions to Scholarship Organizations
Tax-credit scholarship | 408 scholarships

39. South Carolina Educational Credit for Exceptional Needs Children
Tax-credit scholarship | 405 scholarships

40. Louisiana School Choice Program for Certain Students with Exceptionalities
Voucher | 311 students

41. Oklahoma Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities
Voucher | 296 students

42. North Carolina Special Education Scholarship Grants for Children with Disabilities
Voucher | 276 students

43. Arizona Lexie’s Law for Disabled and Displaced Students Tax Credit Scholarship Program
Tax-credit scholarship | 218 scholarships

44. Mississippi Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship for Students with Dyslexia Program
Voucher | 116 students

45. Alabama Accountability Act of 2013 Parent/Taxpayer Refundable Tax Credits
Tax credit/rebate | 71 tax returns

46. Louisiana Tuition Donation Rebate Program
Tax-credit scholarship | 53 scholarships

47. New Hampshire Education Tax Credit Program
Tax-credit scholarship | 40 scholarships

48. Mississippi Nate Rogers Scholarship for Students with Disabilities Program
Voucher | 14 students

49. Alabama Education Scholarship Program
Tax-credit scholarship | 9 scholarships

50. Kansas Tax Credit for Low Income Students Scholarship Program**
Tax-credit scholarship | 0 scholarships yet

51. Wisconsin K-12 Private School Tuition Deduction
Individual Tax Credit/Deduction | 0 tax returns yet

*Program is not currently operating.
**Program is not yet launched.

For a closer look at each program’s participation levels, visit edchoice.org/ABCs for the 2015 edition.

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