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School Choice Scholarships (Vouchers)

 
The School Choice Scholarship Program was established in the summer of 2011 to allocate funds for tuition to assist families with children who are interested in attending private schools.   The law provides scholarships for tuition money for students who currently attend a public school, have a sibling in the program, or have special needs or an IEP. 

A chart of the income eligibility guidelines for the 2018-2019 school year is linked below.  You will find Pathway specific income eligibility guidelines by clicking on the Pathway your student will use as an entry to the program.  If your annual income falls below the amount listed for the number in your household, you may receive some of these funds.  The exact amount of your tuition scholarship will be determined by your verified income.  We can also tell you that if your student currently qualifies for the state’s Free/Reduced Lunch Program, then they will qualify for a scholarship.  We will still need documentation to verify your income and you will need to sign a few forms once we complete the application.  It's that easy!

 

The School Choice Scholarship application process will begin March 1, 2018, and the application deadline will be September 1, 2018.  In order to qualify, a student must first be registered and accepted at Bishop Luers.  Once accepted, if you believe your student will qualify, you can submit your 2017 tax return for review or contact me to determine if you qualify for this scholarship.  You can contact Melissa Belleville at 260-456-1261 ext. 3027 or by email at mbelleville@bishopluers.org.

 

Indiana School Choice Program Information and Income Guidelines

Click HERE to be directed to the Indiana State Website to read more about Indiana School Choice Scholarships.

 

School Choice Scholarship Eligibility 

Choice Scholarship Pathways and Corresponding Income Guidelines for 2018/19

Click the underlined Pathway below for the Income Guideline specific to each Pathway and a more detailed description of eligibility for each Pathway.

  • Continuing Choice Scholarship Pathway- Did your student receive the Choice Scholarship for the entirety of the immediately preceding school year? Do you meet the Income Requirement?
  • Previous Choice Scholarship Pathway- Has your student received a Choice Scholarship in any past year? Do you meet the Income Requirement?
  • 2 Semesters in a Public School Pathway- Has your student been enrolled in a public school in Indiana for at least two semesters immediately preceding the first semester for which they are applying to receive a Choice Scholarship? Do you meet the Income Requirement?
  • Special Education Pathway- Does your student have an ISP/IEP plan? Do you meet the Income Requirement?
  • Previous SGO Pathway- Has your student ever received an SGO Scholarship from a State approved granting organization.  Do you meet the Income Requirement?
  • Sibling Pathway- Does your student have a sibling that has received either a Choice Scholarship or SGO in a preceding school year?  Do you meet the Income Requirement?

 

Click HERE to view the most current years Income Guidelines for the Indiana School Choice Scholarship Program.  See Pathways above and their linked corresponding Income Guidelines specific to the Pathway that would apply to your student.

 

SGO Scholarship Fund Donations

Tax Credit: 

If your family does not qualify for the School Choice Voucher Program or an SGO Scholarship award, please consider supporting the program. Individuals and corporations can donate to the SGO of Northeast Indiana and receive tax credit of 50% or more.

Donors: 

Donors should consult their tax advisors to determine tax consequences based upon their particular situation. The SGO of Northeast Indiana is administered by the Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Fort Wayne/South Bend. Bishop Luers High School will need to solicit funds for the SGO in order to continue to assist our families in need. A one year award of a minumum of $500 to a Bishop Luers student could then qualify them to continue their remaining years in high school on a Indiana School Choice Voucher.

For more information regarding donations to the SGO fund, please contact Kathy Skelly, Development Director at Bishop Luers (260) 456-1261 ext. 3142. Click this link for more SGO information or to donate online.  https://www.sgonei.org/