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

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 Choice Scholarship Student 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.