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The EdChoice Expansion is a program offered through the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). It allows incoming students to apply, provided they meet the low income eligibility AND are NOT eligible to apply for either the Ed Choice or Cleveland Scholarship Program.

If eligible, students will receive financial assistance to help cover the cost of the tuition at a private school of their choice.

The following students are eligible to apply for an EdChoice Expansion scholarship:

  • Students entering any grade for the 2024-2025 school year.
    Students whose family income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guideline.

Under current law, students who receive a scholarship can renew it each school year through 12th grade, as long as he/she:

  1. Does not move to another public school district, unless the student would be assigned to an EdChoice designated public school in the student’s new district.
  2. Takes all required Ohio Achievement Assessments
  3. Has good school attendance. Students who are absent for more than 20 days must have written documentation that the absences were excused for illness, injury, bereavement, etc.

The EdChoice Expansion program covers the cost of tuition only. Families will be responsible to pay for the cost of any additional necessary school fees. The fees and tuition at each school may be different.  You will need to contact the school you are interested in to get more information regarding tuition amounts and any additional fees and to apply.  

Your child must first be accepted for fall enrollment at one of our participating Lutheran Schools prior to applying for the EdChoice Expansion Program. Our staff will be able to assist you to complete your application, collect your necessary documentation, and will submit your packet to the state.  

These scholarships are on a first-come, first served basis, so the sooner you apply, the more likely you are to receive a scholarship. For more information about the EdChoice program please feel free to visit the Ohio Department of Education’s website by clicking here.

For more information on the EdChoice Scholarship, visit the Ohio’s Department of Education’s page here.

2024-2025 School Year Information


Download Current Forms

St. John Lutheran School is here to help you determine if your family qualifies for the scholarship.  Please contact Mr. John March, principal, at 419-782-1751 or email the school at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule a tour of the school to see if SJL is the right fit for your student.

St. John Lutheran School offers additional scholarships and grants for those who do not qualify for the EdChoice Expansion income-based scholarship.