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Unlock Your Child's Future with Catholic School Scholarships

Empower your child's education with the choice and quality of Ohio's Catholic schools. Discover how these Scholarships can support your family's educational journey today.

About EdChoice:

With the enactment of Ohio House Bill 33 on July 4, 2023, the EdChoice Scholarship Program has been expanded to include all K-12 students in Ohio. This broad eligibility makes it possible for both currently enrolled children and new students to consider Catholic School education as a viable option.

At its core, EdChoice champions the principle that parents are the foremost educators of their children, advocating for the freedom to select the most suitable educational pathway. The program facilitates this choice by ensuring that private education, tailored to individual needs and aspirations, is accessible to every child. The EdChoice Scholarship offers two types of support: Traditional and Expansion, designed to accommodate a diverse range of family situations and educational preferences.

The scholarship contributes towards, and in certain circumstances, fully covers Catholic school tuition. The specific amount awarded through EdChoice is determined by the family’s gross adjusted income for 2023 and their size, ensuring a tailored approach to financial assistance. Scholarships can reach up to $6,166 annually for students in grades K-8, and up to $8,408 for those in grades 9-12, making a significant impact on the affordability of quality Catholic education.

 

Benefits of Catholic Education:

Catholic education goes beyond academics; it’s about nurturing the whole child within a faith-filled community.
Our schools offer:
  • Faith Integration: At the heart of our education is a commitment to spiritual growth, guiding students to live out their faith in action.
  • Holistic Learning: We engage the mind, body, and spirit, setting high academic standards while supporting physical and spiritual well-being.
  • Community and Moral Development: Students learn the value of service, respect, and self-discipline, fostering a safe and welcoming environment for all.
  • Leadership and Service: Our alumni network and community engagement provide endless opportunities for mentorship and growth, preparing students for leadership roles in society.

Scholarship Details:

Traditional EdChoice Scholarship
Available to K-12 students from designated public school buildings, offering a pathway to participate in private schools with significant financial support.
EdChoice Expansion
Open to all K-12 students in Ohio, this scholarship’s award amounts are tailored to each family’s income, ensuring education is accessible to everyone. Apply today to unlock the potential of a Catholic education for your child.

How to Apply:

Start your child’s journey with these simple steps:
  • School Admission: Contact your chosen Catholic school to inquire about admission.
  • Scholarship Application: Once admitted, the school will assist you with the EdChoice Scholarship application process.
  • Document Submission: Provide all necessary documents promptly to ensure your application is considered.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the EdChoice Scholarship?

Through Ohio’s EdChoice Scholarship program, parents can use a portion of the tax money that is designated for their child’s education to choose the school that is best suited to their child’s needs. 

With the recent expansion of the Ohio EdChoice Expansion Program, school choice scholarships are now available for EVERY family. 

A student in the Diocese of Youngstown is only eligible for one of four state scholarships: Traditional EdChoice, EdChoice Expansion, Jon Peterson Special Needs, or Autism. Students qualifying for Jon Peterson or the Autism scholarships should contact the local Diocesan school to see if these are accommodated there. 

What is a Traditional EdChoice Scholarship?

The EdChoice Traditional Scholarship Program provides opportunities for Ohio students who are assigned to underperforming schools to attend a participating private school with significant financial assistance. This aid is not need-based. The EdChoice Traditional Scholarship amount is $6,166 for K-8 students or $8,408 for students in 9-12. See the list of eligible school districts here: https://reports.education.ohio.gov/report/nonpublic-data-current-ed-choice-designated-list

 Note: Families over 200% of the federal poverty level may be billed for any tuition not covered by the full EdChoice Traditional Scholarship. There is an option to submit financial information with this application to show if a family’s income may be 200% or below the federal poverty level. 

More information can be found at: https://education.ohio.gov/Topics/OtherResources/Scholarships/EdChoice-Scholarship/EdChoice-Resources

What is the EdChoice Expansion Scholarship?

ALL Ohio students not currently receiving Traditional EdChoice, Jon Peterson, or Autism Scholarships are eligible for the EdChoice Expansion Scholarship. Scholarships for 2024-2025 are on a sliding scale based on each family’s size and the related percentage of each family’s adjusted gross income (AGI) to the Federal Poverty Level. Scholarships for students in grades K-8 range from $6,166 and decrease to $616.60. Students in grades 9-12 qualify for scholarships beginning at $8,408 and decrease to $840.80. 2024-2025 EdChoice Expansion Award Amounts by Federal Poverty Level provided by the Ohio Department of Education may be used for reference purposes to estimate your potential award. Please note that the State of Ohio determines family size and verifies income. 

More information can be obtained at: https://education.ohio.gov/Topics/OtherResources/Scholarships/EdChoice-Expansion/EdChoice-Expansion-Resources

Will the EdChoice Scholarship cover any fees beyond tuition charged by the school?

No. The Scholarship only covers tuition costs. 

Which EdChoice Scholarship should my family apply for?

A family who lives in the attendance area of a low-performing public school may choose to apply for either the Traditional EdChoice Scholarship OR the EdChoice Expansion Scholarship. Examine both options and determine what fits best for your family.

How does a first time family apply for the EdChoice Scholarship?

The application period for both EdChoice Scholarships for the 2024-2025 school year runs from February 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025. 

A family must first be granted admission into the school. Once a family receives acceptance for the fall of 2024, the school will enter scholarship applications for students through the secure online application system. The school will inform the parents or guardians about their responsibility in this process. For timely awarding of the scholarships, parents must complete their responsibilities. 

What is the process for renewal of an EdChoice Scholarship?

The application period for both EdChoice Scholarships for the 2024-2025 school year runs from February 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025. It is expected that renewal families will complete the renewal requirements promptly, preferably by March 15th. 

A family who received an Expansion EdChoice Scholarship in 2023-2024 does NOT need to submit income verification again unless they choose. Please note that the awarding of scholarship funds for 2024-2025 is related directly to a family’s actual percentage of the Federal Poverty Level, and not in ranges as in 2023-2024. Check 2024-2025 EdChoice Expansion Award Amounts by Federal Poverty Level to get an idea as to where you may fall. Some families will receive a little more and some a little less due to the awarding process for 2024-2025 as designated by law. 

A family who is renewing a scholarship may choose between the Expansion Scholarship and the Traditional Scholarship IF the family qualifies for the Traditional Scholarship. 

2024-2025 Traditional EdChoice Fact Sheet 

2024-2025 EdChoice Expansion Fact Sheet

Is any other tuition assistance available to my family?

It is hoped that all families will take advantage of the opportunity Ohio EdChoice Scholarships provide, as they are funded by our Ohio taxes. 

Additional opportunities for tuition assistance include: 

  • Good Samaritan Scholarship Fund: The Diocese of Youngstown Scholarship Granting Organization.

Contact Information:

Ready to learn more or need assistance with your application?
Contact the Diocese of Youngstown or your local Catholic school today. We’re here to help every step of the way.