Ed Choice and Ed Choice Expansion

For a tutorial on how to apply for the EdChoice Scholarship, click here.

The EdChoice is a program offered through the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). It allows Kindergarten through Grade 12 students attending and/or assigned to attend a public school building which has been in Academic Watch or Academic Emergency for two of the last three school years to apply to attend a participating private school.
The EdChoice Expansion is a program offered through the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). It allows incoming Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth grade students to apply, provided they meet the low income eligibility AND are NOT eligible to apply for either the Ed Choice or Cleveland Scholarship Program. 
If eligible, students will receive financial assistance to help cover the cost of the tuition at a private school of their choice. A student may be eligible for up to $4,650 for grades K-8 and up to $6,000 for grades 9-12. The amount of each scholarship will not exceed the actual tuition amount at the chosen private school. 
The following students are eligible to apply for an EdChoice scholarship:
  • Students currently enrolled in and attending EdChoice-designated public school buildings (schools rated in Academic Emergency or
          Academic Watch for two of the last three years) in their resident district
  • Students enrolled in a community school who would otherwise be assigned to one of the EdChoice designated public school buildings
  • Students currently enrolled in a regular public school in their resident district or a community school who would be assigned to attend
          one of the EdChoice designated public school buildings for the upcoming school year.
The following students are eligible to apply for an EdChoice Expansion scholarship:
  • Students entering Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth or Sixth grade for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Students whose family income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guideline.
  • Students NOT assigned to a “designated school” on the ODE Ed Choice eligible school list and who are not eligible for either the
          EdChoice or Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Program. 
Under current law, students who receive a scholarship can renew it each school year through 12th grade, as long as he/she:
  • Does not move to another public school district, unless the student would be assigned to an EdChoice designated public   
           school in the student’s new district
  • Takes all required Ohio Achievement Assessments
  • Has good school attendence. Students who are absent for more then 20 days must have written documentation that the absenses
           were excused for illness, injury, bereavement, etc. 
The EdChoice and Expansion program covers the cost of tuition only. Families will be responsible to pay for the cost of any additional necessary school fees. The fees and tuition at each school may be different.  You will need to contact the school you are interested in to get more information regarding tuition amounts and any additional fees and to apply.  Your child must first be accepted for fall enrollment at one of our participating Lutheran Schools prior to applying for the EdChoice or Expansion Program.  Our staff will be able to assist you to complete your application, collect your necessary documentation and will submit your packet to the state.  These scholarships are on a first come first served basis, so the sooner you apply, the more likely you are to receive a scholarship. For more information about the EdChoice program please feel free to visit the Ohio Department of Education's website by clicking here
Click here for the EdChoice  Application Process
Click here for the EdChoice  Application
Click here for the EdChoice  RENEWAL
Click here for the Income Verification form
Click here for how to complete the Income Verification Form
Click here forEdChoice Fact Sheet

The following Lutheran schools accept EdChoice and EdChoice Expansion Scholarships:

Northwest Ohio
Solomon Lutheran Christian Day School, Woodville
St. John Lutheran School, Defiance
St. John Lutheran School, Napoleon
St. Paul Lutheran School, Napoleon
Trinity Lutheran School, Toledo