Indiana Choice Scholarship

The Indiana Choice Scholarship, commonly referred to as the voucher program, provides scholarships to eligible Indiana students to offset tuition costs at participating schools. Nearly half of our students receive a Choice Scholarship. Affording a Catholic Education may be easier than you think!

Students must meet three criteria:

  1. The student must reside in Indiana.
  2. The household’s annual income must be less than 300% of the Federal Reduced Lunch guidelines. Eligibility for the Choice Scholarship Program is based on family income (Ajusted Gross Income) as reported on the 1040 of the most recent year’s taxes. 
  3. Each student must meet one of eight program tracts determined by the Choice Scholarship program.
Household Size Income Limit (300% FRL)
1 $75,424.50
2 $101,620.50
3 $127,816.50
4 $154,012.50
5 $180,208.50
6 $206,404.50
7 $232,600.50
8 $258,796.50
9 $284,992.50
10 $311,188.50

The value of the Choice Scholarship is the lesser of: 

  1. Tuition and fees charged to the student at the eligible school; or,
  2. An amount based on 90% of the per-student state funding for the student’s school corporation of residence.

Also referred to as the voucher program, the Indiana Choice Scholarship program provides state funding to families of qualifying students to offset tuition. Nearly half of our students receive a Choice Scholarship. 

Students must meet three criteria:

  1. The student must have legal settlement in Indiana.
  2. The student must be between the ages of 5 and 55.
  3. The student is a member of a household with an annual income equal to or below 300% of the amount to qualify for the Federal Free or Reduced Lunch Program. Eligibility for the Choice Scholarship Program is based on family income (Ajusted Gross Income) as reported on the 1040 of the most recent year’s taxes.
  4. Each student must meet one of eight program tracts determined by the Choice Scholarship program.

Household Size     300% FRL
1……………………….$75,424.50
2……………………..$101,620.50
3……………………..$127,816.50
4……………………..$154,012.50
5……………………..$180,208.50
6……………………..$206,404.50
7……………………..$232,600.50
8……………………..$258,796.50
9……………………..$284,992.50
10……………………..$311,188.50


The value of the Choice Scholarship is the lesser of: 

  1. Tuition and fees charged to the student at the eligible school; or,
  2. An amount based on 90% of the per-student state funding for the student’s school corporation of residence.

How do I apply for a Choice Scholarship for my child?

Contact one of our Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Schools, who will be able to assist families in determining eligibility, required documents for verification, and completion of the application process.

The 2022-2023 Choice Scholarship student application will be available March 1, 2022 through September 1, 2022 for the first application period and November 1, 2022 through January 15, 2023 for the second application period. 

Eligibility Tracks

After satisfying the age, residency, and household income requirements listed above, there are eight different tracks that enable a student to be eligible to participate in the Choice Scholarship Program. The eight tracks are outlined below. A student must satisfy the requirements of only one of the eight tracks to be eligible. A complete explanation of each of the eight eligibility tracks can be found in the documents explaining each track posted at doe.in.gov/choice, in the Student Eligibility section.

Previous SGO Award Track

The student must have received a scholarship award from an approved Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) in a previous school year, including a school year that does not immediately precede the school year for which the student is applying for a Choice Scholarship.

Sibling Track

The student must have a sibling who received either a Choice Scholarship or a scholarship from an approved
Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) 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.

Special Education Track

The student must have a disability that requires special education services, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) pursuant to IC 20-35 or a Service Plan (SP) pursuant to 511 IAC 7-34 has been developed for the student.

Previous Choice Scholarship Student Track

The student must have received a Choice 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.

On My Way Pre-K Pathway

The student must have received and used an Early Education Grant under IC 12-17.2-7.2 to attend Pre-K at an eligible Choice Scholarship school and must be applying for a Choice Scholarship at the same Choice Scholarship school they attended Pre-K with an Early Education Grant.

Two Semesters in a Public School Track

The student must have been 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.

“F” Public School Pathway

The student must be required to attend a specific public school based on their residence that has been assigned an “F” grade. (This track does not require prior attendance at the school.)

Foster Track

A student must be placed in foster care, as defined in IC 31-9-2-47.7. The child’s placement must be supported by a letter from a Department of Child Services(DCS) caseworker that is signed and dated during the 2021 calendar year. Foster children are automatically income-eligible for the Choice Scholarship Program and do not require household size and income.  Supporting documentation of foster care must be provided at the time of application.