As you have heard in the news, the state of Ohio has passed a new two-year budget signed into law by Governor DeWine on Tuesday morning. This budget includes an increase in the federal poverty level in determining eligible families that may receive a full Ed Choice Expansion Scholarship from the state. At this time, it has been stated that the level has moved from households with an AGI at or below 250% of the federal poverty level to households with an AGI at or below 450% of the federal poverty level. Households with an AGI above 450% of the federal poverty level may be eligible for a partial scholarship.
Many of the details are still being worked out, and to enable the state to prepare for the numerous applications, the Ohio Department of Education Ed Choice site has been shut down for two to three weeks. ODE anticipates it opening again for new applications on or around August 1.
We are excited about the opportunity this will provide for many of our families. We appreciate your patience as the state works out details at their level, and we prepare to help our families with the application process.
One piece of the application process is providing proof of residency, which requires a utility bill. We recommend your Duke Energy or a similar residence energy bill. You will also have to provide proof of income to the state. More information will be sent when the state determines the required information.
At this time, tuition payments will continue as originally planned for all families as eligibility for the scholarship is determined.
We will keep you updated as we are provided with more information.