ALL K-8 STUDENTS ARE NOW ELIGIBLE FOR A STATE SCHOLARSHIP!

Thanks to the recent expansion of the Ohio Department of Education EdChoice Scholarship Program, every IHM student (K-8) now qualifies to receive a state tuition scholarship of up to $6,166/year! Awards are based on a sliding scale, but regardless of income EVERY FAMILY can receive a minimum  scholarship of $650. Not only will this positively impact the lives of our IHM families, but our entire school community. 

HOW TO APPLY- Checklist

STEP 1 New to EdChoice: Fill out this EdChoice Request Form for EACH NEW K-8 student
OR
STEP 1 Returning: Fill out this EdChoice Renewal Form for EACH RETURNING K-8 students.

STEP 2: Gather your supporting documents

A.        Proof of Residency: A current (less than 90 days old) utility bill (gas, electric or water bills are best). No cell phone bills. If you do not have a utility bill in your name (i.e. if renting or living with another family member/homeowner), please contact Lisa Massello lmassello@ihmgradeschool.org for assistance.

B.        Birth Certificate: While we do have this on file and are happy to access this for you, if you are able to provide it along with your request form, we’ll be able to process your application faster.

STEP 3: Email the completed request form(s) and proof of residency to Lisa Massello lmassello@ihmgradeschool.org or drop off at the rectory c/o Jeff Andrea. IHM must enter each application on behalf of the student.
RENEWAL: Congratulations! You are done. 
NEW REQUEST: PAUSE Do not being Step 4 until IHM has confiremd with you that your request has been submitted. 

STEP 4: Verify Income by Creating An Account online (https://safe.ode.state.oh.us/portal)

We strongly recommend that you utilize VIDEO TUTORIAL on how to use the Income Verification website.

There is also a supporting Online Income Verification Quick Guide

STEP 5: Finalize and upload your Income Verification to ODE. Every family subitting an EdChoice reqeust for the first time must do this regardless of income status. You will need to submit income verification with supporting documentation so the state can determine the amount of scholarship dollars your student(s) is eligible for.

MAIL OPTION FOR INCOME VERIFICATION:

You can also fill out and mail a hard copy to the ODE by completing this Income Verification Form. Income Verification forms and supporting income documents DO NOT come to the school. You must submit them online or via US Mail to the Ohio Department of Education.

Ohio Department of Education EdChoice- Expansion Fact Sheet

2024-2025 EdChoice- Expansion Award Amounts 

2024-2025 EdChoice Income Eligibility 

IHM Parent Meeting EdChoice Presentation 

Please read the full communication HERE from our Pastor and Principal.

IHM FAQ’s 2.0 (October 2023)

Click here for new and important tips that will help you be successful in finalizing your EdChoice application. 

IHM FAQ’S (August 2023)

Click HERE for Frequency Asked Questions regarding the scholarship.

If you still have additional questions or concerns, please contact Lisa Massello (Jon Peterson and EdChoice Scholarship Assistant) at lmassello@ihmgradeschool.org or Jeff Andrea (Parish Financial Services Manager) at jandrea@ihmcfo.org.

 

APPLICATION TIPS & CLARIFYING TRADITIONAL VS. EXPANSION

Click HERE for tips and common mistakes that will help you, IHM, and the Ohio Department of Education to process your application faster! Also, this document contains some clarifications on the differences between EdChoice Expansion vs. Traditional.

 

SHOULD I KEEP PAYING TUITION?

Yes, please continue to pay your tuition and fees as scheduled. Once your EdChoice expansion scholarship has been approved and finalized, your FACTS tuition agreement will be adjusted, and any overpayments will be refunded.

 

24-25 Angel Scholarship Fund Application

We are asking each family to also fill out this simple scholarship form in case you may qualify for addition tuition assistance!

Angel Fund Scholarship

 

STATE OF OHIO EDCHOICE DOCUMENTATION

Below you will find everything you need to successfully apply to EdChoice.

Scholarship Calculator 

EdChoice Request Form (Application Form) 

EdChoice Renewal Form (Application Form)

Quick Guide Income Verification Portal 

EdChoice Expansion Fact Sheet 

Income Eligibility Requirements 

Acceptable Proof of Address