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Indiana School Choice Scholarship

Indiana School Choice Scholarship

The following is a simplified version of the Indiana School Choice Scholarship program.  Many special situations exist in every household and are addressed in the detailed version of the program on Indiana’s Choice Scholarship webpage.

September 1 is the annual deadline for Choice Scholarship applications to the DOE for each school year. 


STEP 1: To receive a Choice Scholarship in the 2018-19 school year, the student must satisfy ALL of the following 3 initial requirements.

  1. The student has legal settlement in Indiana.
  2. The student is between the ages of 5 – 22 years-old no later than August 1, 2018.
  3. The student must be accepted for enrollment into the Choice Scholarship school.


STEP 2: Does the student meet ONE of the following 7 School Choice Eligibility Pathways?

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A.  What is the household size of where the student resides?

B. Is the household’s ADJUSTED Gross Income plus other non-taxable income of the household at or below the income limits for their household size?  (Note: The income limits listed below are for 2018-19. Income limits are based on the Federal Free & Reduced lunch program and are typically released for the next school year in February. Income limits for 2018-19 Choice Scholarships will be based on 2017 Adjusted Gross Income.)

Choice Income Requirements

Students residing in a household at or below the 100% level (green column) qualify for a FULL Choice Scholarship.

Students residing in a household at or below the 150% level (yellow column) qualify for a PARTIAL Choice Scholarship.

The value of the Choice Scholarship for each student depends upon the public school corporation in which the family resides.  For additional public school corporations, see the Estimated Choice Scholarship Award Amounts 2017-2018.

An ESTIMATED Choice Scholarship will be awarded until the true value of the Choice Scholarship is determined by the IDOE in December 2017.  The Full and Partial Choice Scholarships listed in the above chart are ESTIMATED. The value of the 2018-19 Choice Scholarship is based on the public school corporation’s Average Daily Membership, which will be determined on the September 2018 Count Day.


More Information You Might Want to Know About the Choice Scholarship

  • Kindergarten students typically can only qualify for the Choice Scholarship under the Sibling pathway, the Special Education pathway or the “F” Public School pathway.  However, Kindergarten students can be awarded an SGO grant in their Kindergarten year, and then receive the Choice Scholarship in grade 1 if the family meets the income guidelines.  As a Kindergarten student, if the income of the household would have qualified the student for a FULL Choice Scholarship, the value of the SGO Grant awarded by the LCSS will be 80% of the Choice Scholarship or the tuition and fees, whichever is less.
  • Children of divorced or separated parents are part of the household that has custody. Where joint custody has been awarded,  the household in which the student resides more than 50% of the time is the parent who should complete the Student Aid application.
  • A child who is temporarily away at school, such as college, is included as a member of the household so long as they are still claimed as a dependent on the household’s taxes.
  • Households where the student is eligible for the Choice Scholarship via the Special Education pathway or the Continuing Voucher pathway, the income limit for the Partial Choice Scholarship is the higher 200% level (orange column).


  • Wages, salaries, and tips
  • Strike benefits
  • Unemployment compensation
  • Workman’s compensation
  • Net income from self –owned business or farm
  • Public assistance payments
  • Welfare payments
  • Alimony payments
  • Child support payments
  • Pensions
  • Retirement income
  • Social Security
  • Veteran Payments
  • Supplemental Social Security Income
  • Earnings from a second job
  • Disability benefits
  • Interest or dividends
  • Cash withdrawn from savings
  • Income from estates, trusts, or investments
  • Regular contributions from persons not living in the household
  • Royalties, annuities, or rental income
  • Any other monies that may be available to pay for the child’s meals