What is Ohio's Educational Choice Scholarship Program?

EdChoice is your tax dollars coming back in the form of an education scholarship to be used at a private school of your choice. Similar to open-enrollment where you can choose another public school, this state-funded program allows you the freedom to choose a private school that is best for your child. 

EdChoice has two scholarship opportunities

Quick Facts:

  Traditional EdChoice

  Expansion EdChoice

  • Available if you live within a designated low performing public school district
  • Available based on income criteria
      
  • $6,000 scholarship for 9-12 grades
  • $6,000 scholarship for 9-12 grades
  • $4,650 scholarship for K-8
  • $4,650 scholarship for K-8
  • School may charge additional tuition – but a school can offer additional scholarships and financial aid*
  • Once you qualify for Expansion the school will not charge additional tuition. 

 

*Lehman Catholic offers over $100,000 annually in scholarship dollars plus additional aid 

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How do I apply for an EdChoice Scholarship at Lehman Catholic?

The first step to applying for an EdChoice scholarship is to be accepted at Lehman Catholic. Once you have completed the application process and been accepted, Lehman Catholic will file the initial paperwork with the State of Ohio. If you are applying for Traditional EdChoice the only paperwork needed will be a copy of your child’s birth certificate and a recent utility bill to prove residency. For Expansion additional income paperwork will be required – Lehman Catholic will walk you through that process. 

When Can I Apply?

EdChoice enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year begins on February 1, 2020. Lehman Catholic will begin accepting applications to the school on January 20. Click here to begin Lehman Application.  

Q&A

Are current Lehman students eligible for the EdChoice State Scholarship?

The following current students are eligible to apply for the Traditional EdChoice Scholarship:
● If your student is in or entering Grades K – 12

● If the designated public school in your district is found on the list of low performing schools, which can be found on the Ohio Department of Education’s website at: education.ohio.gov/edchoice

 

 

What is the value of the scholarship?

The EdChoice scholarship amount covers up to $4650 for grades K-8 and $6000 for grades 9-12. 

Who is eligible to apply for EdChoice?

The following students are eligible to apply for an EdChoice scholarship:
● Students currently attending a designated public school in their resident district;
● Students attending a public school in their resident district who will be assigned to one of the designated public schools for the upcoming school year;
● Students currently attending a charter/community or private school whose assigned home school is a designated public school building;
● Students eligible to enter kindergarten for fall 2020 who would be assigned to one of the designated public schools; 
● Students enrolling in an Ohio school for the first time who would be assigned to one of the designated public schools for the upcoming school year.
● Students currently attending a private school and will be entering the 9-12 grades
● K-12 students who meet the income based requirements (see chart)

What is the difference between the EdChoice Traditional Scholarship and the EdChoice Expansion Scholarship?

The EdChoice Traditional Scholarship provides all students entering K-12th from under performing public schools the opportunity to attend participating private schools. The EdChoice Expansion Scholarship also provides students who are entering K-12th grade the same opportunity, if their household income meets the state’s requirements.

How do I find out if my public school is on the list of low performing schools?

Click here to see the most up-to-date list. 

Will parents/guardians have to pay any amount of money?

The Traditional EdChoice scholarship amount covers tuition ONLY. Parents and guardians still may have to pay registration fees, material fees and other similar types of fees. Families who qualify for low income Expansion scholarship status do not have to pay any tuition that is not covered by the scholarship. However, if the private school’s tuition is higher than the EdChoice Scholarship amount and if the family does not qualify for low income status, the family may have to pay the difference.

When will EdChoice Applications be accepted?

The first application period begins February 1 and ends April 30, 2020. Families must contact Lehman Catholic and complete the enrollment/admissions process. Once students have been accepted for enrollment at Lehman, Lehman will submit the application on behalf of the student for the EdChoice Scholarship.

Will parents/guardians have to pay any amount of money?

The scholarship amount covers tuition ONLY. Parents and guardians still may have to pay registration fees, material fees and other similar types of fees. Families who qualify for low income status do not have to pay any tuition that is not covered by the scholarship. However, if the private school’s tuition is higher than the EdChoice Scholarship amount and if the family does not qualify for low income status, the family may have to pay the difference.

Should parents and students apply for an EdChoice Scholarship first or apply for admission to a private school first?

Parents and students should first apply for admission at the participating private school. Once the student has been accepted for enrollment at Lehman Catholic. Lehman will submit a scholarship application for the student through the secure online application system.

Are families to have their income verified to apply for the Scholarship?

Yes. The expansion scholarship is income-based. Families applying for the EdChoice “expansion” scholarship MUST have their income verified; it is not optional. NOTE: Income verification is not required to apply for a traditional EdChoice scholarship. However, families cannot qualify for low-income status unless they have their income verified by the EdChoice Scholarship Program.

We want you to be well informed about this new scholarship opportunity!
Listen to our webinar for a deeper look into EdChoice.

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UPCOMING INFORMATION & ENROLLMENT SESSIONS 

You may schedule a time to attend one of the following sessions to complete your application and registration for Lehman and also receive assistance in applying for the EdChoice scholarship.

St. Patrick Catholic School 
Wednesday, Feb. 26 | 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Piqua Catholic School 
Thursday, Feb. 27 | 3 - 5 p.m.

Holy Angels Catholic School 
Friday, Feb. 28 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Lehman Catholic High School 
Wednesday, Feb . 19 | 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. (OPEN HOUSE)
Monday, Mar. 2 | 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Mar. 11 | 4 - 7 p.m.
Thursday, Mar. 19 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 7 | 5 - 7 p.m.

Interested in scheduling a time to apply to enroll at Lehman and/or apply for EdChoice ? Complete the form to RSVP