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Details about Choice Scholarship (Voucher) Program

February 25th 2012

Indiana Choice Scholarship Program

Providing educational options and opportunities for thousands of Indiana families.

The Indiana Choice Scholarship Program, enacted in May of 2011, provides scholarships to attend a school of choice, to lower income Indiana families. In conjunction with the Indiana Scholarship Tax Credit Program, these programs offer the opportunity for Indiana families to choose the school that best suits their children’s needs.

Program Summary

The Choice Scholarship Program provides scholarships to eligible students by utilizing a portion of the state funds allocated for that child to follow them to the non-public school of their choice. There is a cap on the number of scholarships provided in years one and two: 7,500 and 15,000 respectively.

Student Eligibility

See this PDF for student eligibility requirements.

School Eligibility

“Eligible school” refers to a public or non-public elementary school or high school that:

  1. is located in Indiana;
  2. requires an eligible choice scholarship student to pay tuition or transfer tuition to attend;
  3. voluntarily agrees to enroll an eligible choice scholarship student;
  4. is accredited by either the state board or a national or regional accreditation agency that is recognized by the state board;
  5. administers the Indiana statewide testing for educational progress (ISTEP) program under IC 20-32-5;
  6. is not a charter school or the school corporation in which an eligible choice scholarship student has legal settlement under IC 20-26-11; and
  7. submits to the department only the student performance data required for a category designation under IC 20-31-8-3.

See the Choice School Application.

For more information, go to http://www.doe.in.gov/choice.