Indiana's new voucher program gives Hoosier families the opportunity to send their children to a school that best meets their learning needs. A voucher or "Choice Scholarship" is a state payment that qualifying families can use to offset tuition costs at participating schools. Students qualify based on total household income and the amount of the scholarship corresponds with the public school corporation in which the student lives.
The most limiting factor is that there is a statewide ceiling of 7,500 students for 2011/12. Applications will be processed on first come, first served basis and there will not be quotas for any school or county.
Schools and parents work together to submit applications and enroll students. There are eligibility requirements and household income limits (based on family size and income combined).
"This bill gives parents a voice, and it gives students a choice".
--Tony Bennett, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction
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