In 2011-12, the state of Indiana approved the School Choice Scholarship voucher program, granting state education funding to students attending  non-public schools that meet certain eligibility requirements, including Liberty.

Approximately 200 students at Liberty currently receive School Choice Scholarships.

Eligible students can receive a set amount to help pay their tuition and fees at Liberty. To be eligible, a student must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Have legal settlement in Indiana;
  • Be accepted for enrollment into a School Choice Scholarship participating school that is located in Indiana;
  • Be between the ages of 5 and 22 no later than August 1 of the school year.

After satisfying these three initial requirements, a student must meet just one of the seven “pathways” the state has established to become eligible to participate in the Choice Scholarship Program:

1. Continuing Choice Scholarship Student Pathway

  • The student received a Choice Scholarship in the school year that immediately precedes the school year for which the student is applying for a Choice Scholarship.
  • The student is a member of a household with an annual income equal to or below 200% of the amount to qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program.*

2. Previous Choice Scholarship Student Pathway

  • The student received a Choice Scholarship in a school year that does not immediately precede the school year for which the student is applying for a Choice Scholarship.
  • The student is a member of a household with an annual income equal to or below 150% of the amount to qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program.*

3. Previous SGO Award Pathway

  • The student received an SGO Scholarship in a preceding school year, including a school year that does not immediately precede the school year for which the student is applying for a Choice Scholarship.
  • The student is a member of a household with an annual income equal to or below 150% of the amount to qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program.*

4. Special Education Pathway

  • The student has a disability that requires special education.
  • An individualized education program (IEP) pursuant to IC 20-35 or a service plan pursuant to 511 IAC 7-34 has been developed for the student.
  • The student is a member of a household with an annual income equal to or below 200% of the amount to qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program.*

5. “F” Public School Pathway

  • The student would be required to attend a specific public school based on their residence that has been assigned an “F” grade. Note: This pathway does not require prior attendance at the school.
  • The student is a member of a household with an annual income equal to or below 150% of the amount to qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program.*

6. Two Semesters in Public School Pathway

  • The student was enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12 in a public school, including a charter school, in Indiana for at least two semesters immediately preceding the first semester for which the individual receives a Choice Scholarship.
  • The student is a member of a household with an annual income equal to or below 150% of the amount to qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program.*

7. Sibling Pathway

  • The sibling of the newly applying student received either a Choice Scholarship or an SGO scholarship in a preceding school year, including a school year that does not immediately precede the school year for which the student is applying for a Choice Scholarship.
  • The student is a member of a household with an annual income equal to or below 150% of the amount to qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program.*

*To check household income levels that make a student eligible, click here.

Clarifications:

Kindergarten students are eligible to apply. Kindergarten attendance now satisfies the two semesters in public school requirement.

The A through F grades issued in the fall of 2014 for school performance in the 2013-2014 school year will be used to determine the F schools for eligibility purposes for the 2015-2016 Choice Scholarship Program.

For purposes of the Choice Scholarship Program, the term “sibling” shall mean one of two or more individuals having one or both parents, guardians or custodians in common. The term does not require a consanguineous (blood)  relationship between the individuals. To be eligible under the sibling pathway, the student’s sibling had to receive a Choice Scholarship or SGO award in a previous year.

 

For more information on School Choice Scholarships, please contact Liberty.