Voucher Information

What is an Indiana School Choice Scholarship?

The School Choice Scholarship (voucher) is an award from the state in which the per-student state funding is granted to the approved private school of your choice. To be eligible the student must live in Indiana and be accepted to a participating Choice Scholarship School. Mater Dei High School and all of our affiliated Catholic elementary schools are approved School Choice participants.

There are two components to determining eligibility for a voucher:

  1. Student eligibility criteria
  2. Household income limits

Voucher Eligibility Criteria

There are seven different pathways to be eligible for the School Choice Voucher. All pathways also have income guidelines. The pathways are listed below:

Continuing Choice Scholarship Student Pathway

The student received a Choice Scholarship Voucher in the 2018-19 school year. Household annual income at or below 200% of free and reduced lunch guidelines.

Previous Choice Scholarship Student Pathway

The student received a Choice Scholarship Voucher in a previous school year, but not the 2018-19 school year. Household annual income at or below 150% of free and reduced lunch guidelines

Previous SGO Award Pathway

The student received an SGO Scholarship in a previous school year. (Students from private and public schools may apply for SGO scholarships). Household annual income at or below 150% of free and reduced lunch guidelines

Special Education Pathway

The student has an individualized education plan (IEP) or a service plan
(Please note that a 504 plan does not qualify in this category) Household annual income at or below 200% of free and reduced lunch guidelines

“F” Public School Pathway

Based on the student’s place of residence, the student would attend a public school that has been assigned an “F” grade. A student enrolled in a private school may apply under this category since it is based on place of residence not prior attendance at the “F” school. Household annual income at or below 150% of free and reduced lunch guidelines.

Two Semesters in Public School Pathway

The student was enrolled in a public school, including a charter school, in Indiana the two previous semesters before enrolling at the private school. Household annual income at or below 150% of free and reduced lunch guidelines.

Sibling Pathway

The student has a sibling who received the School Choice Voucher or SGO Scholarship in a previous school year. Household annual income at or below 150% of free and reduced lunch guidelines.

High school families whose household incomes fall below the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Guidelines are eligible to receive a voucher for 90% of the state tuition support. For the 2018-19  school year, the income rate was $46,435 for a family of four. The voucher amount for the high school student was approximately $5600.  (The amount varies depending on the school district of residence.)

High school families whose household incomes fall below 150% of the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Guidelines are eligible to receive a voucher for 50% of the state tuition support. For the 2018-19 school year, the income rate was about $69,653 for a family of four. The voucher amount for the high school student was approximately $3,600. (The amount varies depending on the school district of residence.)

For information about the voucher program, please contact Jill Seiler, Enrollment Manager, at 426-2258, ext. 322, or jseiler@evdio.org.

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