The Ohio Legislature voted on March 27 to change state laws governing Ohio EdChoice Scholarship eligibility. Traditional EdChoice Scholarships are awarded by the state to students assigned to underperforming public schools and are then used to pay tuition in participating private schools. The new eligibility law now requires a public school building to appear on BOTH the 2019 and 2020 eligibility lists for students assigned to that building to be eligible to apply for a scholarship. Any schools that only appear on the 2020 list are no longer eligible. The Legislature did not change the criteria which placed these schools on the underperforming list. They plan to address concerns about those criteria at a later time.
While we know this is a disappointment to many, there were also several positive changes that could help some CVCA families. For the first time, current CVCA students who will be in grades 9-12 in the fall are now eligible to apply for tTraditional scholarships if their public school is on both the 2019 and the 2020 eligibility list. Also, any student with a sibling who currently receives the Traditional EdChoice Scholarship is now automatically qualified to apply for a scholarship as well, regardless of their public school’s eligibility.
The Legislature also made positive changes to the EdChoice Expansion Scholarship Program, which is a separate scholarship designed to help Ohio students who qualify based solely on low household income. Funding for the Expansion Scholarships was significantly increased. This funding could help many Ohio families who have experienced lost income due to the COVID-19 crisis. The Expansion Scholarship Program has also been extended to include all K-12 students whose current household income meets the program’s requirements. We encourage any CVCA family who believes they may qualify to investigate their potential eligibility for an EdChoice Expansion Scholarship. To do this, calculate your CURRENT monthly income (including any pay checks, unemployment or other government benefits, child support, etc.) and multiply it by 12 to determine your projected gross income. Then, check the EdChoice Income Guidelines to see if you meet the Expansion Scholarship requirements.
If any family believes they may qualify for either the Traditional or Expansion Scholarship programs, email Mindy Fullerton at [email protected] for scholarship and income verification forms.