Tuition Voucher Information

St. Joseph School  is participating in the school choice scholarship (voucher) program. For information about this program or how to enroll at St. Joseph  in the voucher program, please contact Melba Wilderman at the school office (812-963-3335) or mwilderman@evdio.org

 
The state of Indiana initiated the School Choice Program during the 2011-12 academic year. Mater Dei High School and all of our affiliated Catholic elementary schools are approved School Choice participants. The Legislature created two scholarships within the program. 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. The second type of scholarships are awards given by a state approved Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO). SGO scholarships may vary in amount. The Scholarship Granting Organizations are solely dependent on contributions from private individuals in order to fund scholarship awards.

 


To be eligible the student must live in Indiana and be accepted to a participating Choice Scholarship School. St.  Joseph School is an  approved School Choice participants.


SCHOOL CHOICE SCHOLARSHIP (VOUCHER) from State of Indiana


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

Student received a Choice Scholarship Voucher in the previous school year.

Household annual income at or below 200% of free and reduced lunch guidelines

Previous Choice Scholarship Student Pathway

Student received a Choice Scholarship Voucher in a previous school year, but not 2014-15 school year.

Household annual income at or below 150% of free and reduced lunch guidelines


Previous SGO Award Pathway

The student received a 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

Student has an individualized education plan (IEP) or 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 student’s place of residence, the student would attend a public school that has been assigned an “F” grade. 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

Student was enrolled in a public school, including 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

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

 

The scholarship amount will be the lesser of tuition and fees or the voucher. The cap for grades 1-8 is $4,800. 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 2015-2016 year the income is about $44,800 for a family of four. The voucher amount for the high school student is approximately $5,500. 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 2015-2016 year the income is about $67,000 for a family of four. The voucher amount for the high school student is approximately $3,000. Amount varies depending on the school district of residence.


Click on the link below for actual income guidelines and scholarship amounts.

 
2015-2016 Income Guideline Chart


If there are more students approved for the School Choice Voucher than openings at any grade level, then a lottery will be held to determine the students that will enroll. To the view the lottery process, click the link below:

School Choice Scholarship Lottery Process


CHOICE SGO SCHOLARSHIP from Scholarship Granting Organization

(Our school is currently associated with the Institute for Quality Education, formerly Educational Choice Charitable Trust)

Student must live in Indiana

Students may be eligible in Kindergarten through Grade 12

Student is currently attending a private school or applying to a private school

Household annual income at or below 200% of free and reduced lunch guidelines

SGO Scholarship amounts will vary. Minimum award is $500.

St. Joseph  must approve all SGO scholarships. Families must complete the St. Joseph Schooli Tuition Assistance Application. Families will be contacted regarding eligibility. The school will facilitate completing the SGO scholarship application online if needed.

If a private school student received a scholarship from a Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO), then the student could be eligible for a School Choice Voucher from the State for subsequent years at the approved private school.

Click here for more information and to determine if you qualify for a tuition voucher  or  please contact Melba Wilderman mwilderman@evdio.org or 812-963-3335, ext. 102 to begin the application process. Mrs. Wilderman will help you determine potential eligibility and complete the necessary paperwork.