Ohio Ed Choice Expansion

For 2024-25 award amounts vary based on income and family size. View 24-25  income/award chart.

  • An application for each student
  • EVERY school year (even renewals).
  • Lake Center Christian School requires ALL applications be submitted by Wednesday, May 15th, 2024. 

New Process: Submit Application  BEFORE income. This is a different process than last year.

  • 1st Step: Submit your application (See Boxes Below) to LCCS Financial Aid Coordinator, Mrs. Tiffany Gentry at [email protected]
  • 2nd Step: Tiffany Gentry will confirm by email to you that your application has been submitted
  • 3rd Step: LCCS will submit the application to Ohio EdChoice. You can not submit your application.
  • 4th Step: When approval is award, Mrs. Tiffany Gentry will notify you by email.
  • 5th Step: Income Verification Form -IF NEEDED. You need to evaluate if YOU need to submit income through your OHID account based on your family scenario. Families that MUST SUBMIT  are one of these two categories:
    • If your family is AT or below 200% Federal Poverty Guideline
    • All first time NEW Request Applications
  • OPTIONAL SUBMIT
    • Families that had a change in income from

The term “grandfathered” for income verification means that ONLY YOUR PERCENTAGE applied to last year’s application award will remain the same. It DOES NOT mean that you would receive the exact same dollar amount in 24-25. 

No. Only private schools have access to submit your application. If you are making an application for a Lake Center Christian School, you must submit your application with utility bill for proof of address by March 15, 2024. If you are submitting a NEW application, ALSO bring a copy of each student’s birth certificate.

First apply for admission at Lake Center Christian School. Contact the Admissions Department at 330-877-2049. Once a
student has been accepted for enrollment, Lake Center can submit a
scholarship application for the student through the secure online application. 

Yes. The LCCS deadline to apply is March 30, 2024. Learn more and access the scholarship link at www.lcccs.com/sgo-scholarship.

  • February 1, 2024

The 2024-2025 OhEdChoice Scholarship application window is now OPEN. Eligibility for this scholarship requires:

  • An application for each student
  • EVERY school year (even renewals).
  • Lake Center Christian School requires ALL applications be submitted by Wednesday, May 15th, 2024. 

New Process: Submit Application  BEFORE income. This is a different process than last year.

  • 1st Step: Submit your application to LCCS Financial Aid Coordinator, Mrs. Tiffany Gentry at [email protected]
  • 2nd Step: Tiffany Gentry will confirm by email to you that your application has been submitted
  • 3rd Step: LCCS will submit the application to Ohio EdChoice. You can not submit your application.
  • 4th Step: When approval is award, Mrs. Tiffany Gentry will notify you by email.
  • 5th Step: Income Verification Form -IF NEEDED. You need to evaluate if YOU need to submit income through your OHID account based on your family scenario. Families that MUST SUBMIT –  
    • If your family is AT or below 200% Federal Poverty Guideline
    • All first time NEW Request Applications
  • OPTIONAL SUBMIT
    • Families that had a change in income from previous year. 

Program Overview

Ohio HB33 makes EVERY K-12 student eligible for an Ohio EdChoice scholarship. There are two types of EdChoice scholarships.Ohio Department of Education & Workforce Ohio EdChoice Fact Sheet 2024-25.

Traditional

Your child may be eligible if :

1) they are assigned to attend a state school that is underperforming, or 2) if they reside with a certified foster family.

A Traditional EdChoice Scholarship amount is currently $6,166 for grades K-8 and $8,408 for grades 9-12. EdChoice will pay either the scholarship amount, or the private school’s actual tuition amount, whichever is less. 

Families who qualify for low income status (at or below 200 percent of the 24-25 Federal Poverty Guidelines) do not have to pay any additional tuition that is not covered by the scholarship.

A family at 201% the income status according to 24-25 Federal Poverty Guidelines, will pay the difference.

ALL LCCS students enrolled for the 2024-25 school year are encouraged to apply for the OCEN SGO scholarship opportunity by March 30th.

Expansion

For 2024-25 award amounts vary based on income and family size. View 24-25  income/award chart.

For 2024-25 award amounts vary based on income and family size. View 24-25  income/award chart.

In order to access these funds, you do have a responsibility to complete applications by May 15, 2024. For assistance, please contact Financial Aid Coordinator Mrs. Tiffany Gentry at [email protected], or 330-877-2049.

Families will still be responsible for  operations fees as well as any tuition amount not covered by the scholarship.

Please complete the Renewal Form Application for each student.

  • Include a utility bill (dated within the last 90 days) for proof of address that includes a matching service and billing address.
  • Renewal Applications DO NOT require birth certificates.
  • Renewing EdChoice Expansion families will not need to complete the income verification process each year, unless they would like to have their household income recalculated for their award amount.

All new first-time EdChoice-Expansion (Income Based) or Traditional (Failing School Districts) applicants must have their income verified unless the applicant is a sibling to a student currently on the scholarship.

Remember to choose one of these at the top of your application Please complete the Request Application and submit a utility bill and birth certificate to Financial Aid Coordinator Tiffany Gentry, [email protected].

Great! Please wait to apply until your child(ren) are officially enrolled at Lake Center before starting an Ohio EdChoice application.

If your child already qualifies for the John Peterson Scholarship, they CANNOT receive the EdChoice Scholarship, BUT if you have other children, you can apply for them.

EdChoice Income Verification Helpful Tips
• Tip #1: Applying for an EdChoice Expansion Scholarship it is a two-part process:
1. First, enroll in a participating private school. Submit the completed application and any other required
documents to the school in which your child is enrolled. Students’ applications will not be reviewed until the
Department of Education has received both the application and all income verification documents.
2. The second step is to complete the income verification process. Establish an OH|ID account and complete
the income verification process. Find additional information in the Income Verification QuickGuide.
(NOTE: Your child’s private school can update you on the progress of your application. If you’ve created an
OH|ID account, you may check the status of your application through the OH|ID Portal).
• Tip #2: Use your child’s name as it appears on their birth certificate: Using a nickname or a shortened
version of your child’s legal name may delay review of the application.
• Tip #3: The person completing the Income Verification application is identified as “Head of Household” within the
income system.
• Tip #4: In the income verification system “Never Married” is the default setting. Marital status can be
adjusted by clicking the three blue dots next to your name. (Marital status is used only for informational
purposes if you are using Adjusted Gross Income.)
• Tip #5: Social Security Number (SSN 4): The income verification system does not read the number zero. Numbers
such as 7590 will read as 759 and 0769 will read as 769 in our system. You do not need to make any corrections to
your SSN.
• Tip #6: Adding Dependents: Enter a comment on the household member line noting the dependent’s name, date
of birth and last 4 SSN. Upon review, the Department will add them to the application. A 1040 is required to be
submitted to verify and add dependents.
• Tip #7: Income Verification
o Adjusted Gross Income
 We recommend using AGI to determine eligibility.
 You must upload the first page of the 2023 federal income tax form 1040 to use AGI. Your AGIis
found on line 11 of the tax return.
 Until April 15, 2024 (Tax Filing Day), Families may still submit the 2022 1040 tax return.
 If you are using AGI, select Wages/Salary tab
o Using W-2 or paystubs
 Do not enter anything in the numbers field other than the numbers and a period.
 Spousal Income must be included regardless of whether you share a child or not.
 Significant Other’s income must be included if you live together and have a child together.
o Income documents must be uploaded in the Household Income Section. The system will not allow you to
submit the income verification without uploading supporting documentation.
• Tip #8: Students can participate in only one scholarship program. If a student is eligible for more than one
program, parents must decide which program in which their child will participate.
• Tip #9: You must click the SUBMIT button within your Income Verification application for the Department to
receive the application. If additional documents or corrections are needed to determine eligibility, the
application will be placed in Correction Needed status. Comments identifying what needs to be done to review the
application are included in the notice. Once your corrections have been made, you must click the RESUBMIT
button.

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