Choice Scholarship Program

  • Voucher
  • Enacted 2011
  • Launched 2011

Indiana’s Choice Scholarship Program allows students to receive vouchers to attend private schools. Learn more about the program’s details on this page, including eligibility, funding, regulations, legal history and more. 

We do not administer this program.

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  • 69,270

    Participating Students (202223)

  • 98%

    of Families Income-eligible Statewide

  • 343

    Participating Schools (202223)

  • $5,854

    Average Voucher Value (202122)

  • 51%

    Value as a Percentage of Public School Per-student Spending

Indiana’s Choice Scholarship Program Participation

Students Participating
School Year Ending

Student Funding

Vouchers are worth up to 90 percent of the state per-student spending amount for the sending school district. Families can supplement vouchers with additional funds. Students eligible to receive district-allocated special education funds are now eligible to use those funds for special education services at a voucher-accepting school.  

(Last updated December 18 2023) 

Student Eligibility

To receive a Choice Scholarship, children must be between ages five and 22 and must be from families that earn up to 400 percent of the amount required for the individual to qualify for the federal free and reduced-price lunch program ($222,000 for a family of four in 2023–24).  

(Last updated December 18, 2023) 

EdChoice Expert Feedback

ndiana’s voucher program for students helps tens of thousands of students access schools that are the right fit for them. In 2023, Indiana policymakers took a giant leap to expand educational opportunity by making income eligibility near universal. 

Eligibility for the vouchers is available to all students at or below 400 percent of free and reduced-price lunch. About 98 percent of Indiana’s students are eligible for a scholarship. Approximately five percent of students statewide participate in one of Indiana’s private educational choice options (including the School Scholarship Tax Credit and the Education Scholarship Account Program). 

The average voucher value is about $5,854, which is about half the average expenditure per student at Indiana’s district schools. 

In order to expand educational choice options, Indiana policymakers should convert the program into an education savings account to ensure that all students have access to the education that’s the right fit for them, whether private school or a customized course of education. 

Indiana’s voucher program imposes some unnecessary and counterproductive regulations. For example, the program requires voucher students to take the state’s standardized test. Instead of mandating a single test, policymakers should allow parents and schools to choose from a variety of nationally norm-referenced tests. 

(Last updated December 18, 2023) 

Rules and Regulations

  • Income Limit: 400 percent x FRL  
  • Prior Year Public School Requirement: None 
  • Geographic Limit: Statewide 
  • Enrollment Cap: None 
  • Voucher Cap: 90% of State Expenditure 
  • Testing Mandates:  State test 

School Requirements: 

  • Be accredited by either the state board or a national or regional accreditation agency that is recognized by the state board  
  • Comply with health and safety codes  
  • Must not discriminate on basis of race, color or national origin  
  • Conduct criminal background checks on employees 
  • Administer the Indiana state test and report to the state data for A–F ratings, including state assessment scores and graduation rates 
  • Must grant the state full access to its premises for observing classroom instruction and reviewing any instructional materials and curriculum 
  • Provide civic and character education and display related historical documents 

(Last updated December 18, 2023) 

Governing Statutes

Ind. Code §§ 20-51-1 through 4 

(Last updated December 18, 2023)