EdChoice Scholarship

The EdChoice Scholarship provides students from under-performing public schools the opportunity to attend Gilead Christian School. Do I reside in a qualifying district?

The scholarship program also provides low income students who are entering kindergarten through 12th grade the same opportunity.

EdChoice Scholarships cover 100% of tuition. If you qualify and are awarded a scholarship, the EdChoice Scholarship may follow your child through 12th grade, providing free or discounted tuition through graduation. Please contact us should you have any questions.

What is EdChoice?
The State of Ohio created the Educational Choice Scholarship (EdChoice) Program to provide students from designated public schools* and/or low-income families the opportunity to attend participating private schools. The program provides renewable EdChoice scholarships annually to eligible students. There are two EdChoice Programs:
  • EdChoice Traditional Scholarship Program is based on a student’s residence and offers students in grades K – 12 a tuition scholarship to use toward tuition at a private school. Students whose public school of residence is on the EdChoice Scholarship Program's 2020-2021 Designated Public Schools* may qualify for this scholarship and family income is not a factor.
  • EdChoice Expansion Program is an income-based program. It offers private school scholarships to students whose families have a household income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. The public school building to which the student is assigned is not a factor; this is based solely on income. Students who receive the EdChoice Expansion Scholarship will not be charged tuition beyond the scholarship amount but are responsible for any school fees and additional non-tuition costs.
Who is eligible for Traditional?
  1. Incoming kindergarteners who are assigned to a public school on the EdChoice Scholarship Program's 2020-2021 Designated Public Schools list
  2. Students currently attending a public school, whose 2020-2021 assigned public school building is on the EdChoice Scholarship Program's 2020-2021 Designated Public Schools list
  3. Students currently receiving the EdChoice Scholarship at another private school
Who is eligible for for EdChoice Expansion?
  • Grades K-12 public, private (including GCS), or homeschooled students whose families have a household income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) is a great resource for questions and contains a full list of requirements and up-to-date information regarding EdChoice eligibility.

How do I apply?

To apply for scholarship, parents/guardians will complete an application, provide a copy of the student's birth certificate & provide proof of address. For the income-based scholarship, they will send proof of income directly to the Ohio Department of Education Scholarship Program Office.

Is the scholarship renewable?

Scholarship are renewable if...

  1. Students take all required assessments for their grade level;
  2. They do not have more than 20 unexcused absences for the school year; and
  3. They do not move out of the school district in which they became eligible.

How much financial assistance is offered and what does it cover?

EdChoice Traditional

  • The maximum annual amount is currently $4,650 for grades K-8 and $6,000 for grades 9-12.
  • The EdChoice scholarship is applicable to tuition only at a qualifying private school.
  • Families may be responsible for any remaining tuition, all school fees, and additional non-tuition costs.
Eligible EdChoice Expansion
  • Families will not be charged tuition beyond the EdChoice scholarship amount.
  • Families are responsible for all school fees and additional non-tuition costs.
Who decides who receives EdChoice scholarships?
  • Gilead Christian controls the admission decision. Students must be admitted to Gilead Christian prior to applying for the EdChoice Scholarship.
  • The State of Ohio, in partnership with the student’s assigned public school district, makes the EdChoice scholarship decision
Are EdChoice students subject to extra state required testing or exams?
There are, at current, testing and end of course exam considerations that vary based on grade. Currently, the legislature requires additional state testing through Grade 8. For Grades 9-12, we are currently clarifying what, if any, additional testing beyond the ACT is required (the ACT is currently required for ALL GCS students).

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