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Indiana Choice Scholarship Voucher Program Information


Changes in the Choice Scholarship Law that could affect you!

Introduction

Significant changes in the Indiana School Choice (Voucher) Law make many more families eligible for either a Choice Scholarship or a grant from a Scholarship Granting Organization.

Governor Mike Pence recently signed into law new changes to the Indiana School Choice Voucher program. The new law expands the guidelines to include a larger number of our current and future students. We now have the possibility of helping more of our families continue Catholic education for their students beginning with the 2013-2014 school year. The new law goes into effect July 1, 2013. Please carefully review the changes to see if your family or other families you may know meet the new guidelines.

Scholarship Granting Organization-"SGO"

A Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) is a state approved organization that may receive private donations from individuals or corporations for the purpose of giving scholarships to individual students who meet income requirements. These scholarships are referred to as "SGOs". If a child's family income meets the income eligibility requirements as outlined in the fourth (far right hand) column of the Income Eligibility Guidelines section of this newsletter, they can receive a $500 SGO for one year. If the family then meets the Choice Scholarship (voucher) requirements in 2014-15, they will qualify for the voucher in 2014-15 and each subsequent year they meet the voucher requirements. In short, a $500 SGO this year can qualify a child for Choice Scholarships (vouchers) for the remainder of their high school career, with significant financial savings on tuition.

Revised Eligibility Guidelines - SGO

If you are a current Roncalli family who has not already qualified for an SGO or voucher and meets the 2013-2014 income guidelines, you may qualify for an SGO scholarship award of $500. Then in 2014-2015, all children in the family can qualify (under the sibling rule) for a School Choice Scholarship voucher if the family meets the income guidelines for the voucher.

Choice Scholarship-"voucher"

If a family meets income requirements as outlined in column 2 and 3 of the Income Eligibility Guidelines of this letter, the parents may designate that the state public funding assigned to their child will follow their child to an accredited non-public school. Depending on income levels, there are both full and partial Choice Scholarships. Some people refer to Choice Scholarships as "vouchers." For more information regarding school vouchers see the DOE guidelines at www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/school-choice/2013-03-07-incomeverificationrules.pdf.

Eligibility for a Choice Scholarship (voucher)

Your child may be eligible for a Choice Scholarship voucher if you meet any one of the following criteria:

  • your child received a voucher and your family continues to meet the income guidelines
  • your child will be an incoming student at Roncalli and your child spent the previous two semesters in an Indiana public school, and your family meets the income guidelines

2013 Additional Eligibility Guidelines for Choice Scholarship
(new ways to qualify for a voucher)

  • your child is currently a student at Roncalli and has a sibling who received either a voucher or an SGO award last year, and your family meets the income qualification guidelines
    • For example: If a grade school student received a voucher in 2012-2013 and has an older sibling at Roncalli, the older sibling would be voucher eligible for 2013-2014.
  • your child attends or would attend a public school with an "F" ranking from the Indiana Department of Education, and your family meets the income qualification guidelines. To determine if your local public school has received an "F" ranking see www.doe.in.gov/improvement/turnaround/turnaround-academies
  • If your child has an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) and meets the 200% free and reduced guidelines listed below. An IEP is only developed for students who have designated learning disabilities.
  • The voucher eligibility of children of divorced or separated parents is determined by using the income of the parent who has legal custody of that child.
  • For more household income guidelines please visit this link.

Income Eligibility Guidelines for 2013-2014

Household Size Larger Voucher
(90% of funding in school corporation of residence)
Partial Voucher

(50% of funding in school corporation of residence)

Tax Credit Scholarship-SGO (200% Free and Reduced Lunch)

1

$21,257

$31,885

$42,514

2

$28,694

$43,041

$57,388

3

$36,131

$54,196

$72,262

4

$43,568

$65,352

$87,136

5

$51,005

$76,507

$102,010

6

$58,442

$87,663

$116,884

7

$65,879

$98,818

$131,758

8

$73,316

$109,974

$146,632

For each additional family member add

$7,437

$11,156

$14,874

If You Think You Qualify

If you think you qualify under the criteria listed above and meet the income guidelines, please contact Mr. Dave Gervasio, dgervasio@roncalli.org, at 317-787-8277, ext 246 to begin the application process. Mr. Gervasio will help you determine potential eligibility and complete the necessary paperwork.

To Apply

To apply for an SGO from Roncalli, a family must:

  1. Complete the PSAS Tuition Assistance application online.

To apply for a Choice Scholarship voucher from Roncalli, a family must:

  1. Complete and return to Roncalli the Voucher Information Request Form.
  2. Complete and return to Roncalli the Choice Parent Agreement Form.

If you have questions regarding completion of these forms, please contact Mr. Dave Gervasio, dgervasio@roncalli.org, at 317-787-8277, ext 246.

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