The Ohio General Assembly passed legislation on March 26, 2020 addressing emergency needs due to the coronavirus. Among the provisions where changes and clarifications regarding the traditional EdChoice Scholarship Program. These included the following:
- Any student who received a scholarship in 2019/2020 may retain that scholarship in 2020/2021. The maximum dollar amounts of the scholarships remain the same.
- First time traditional (performance-based) scholarships will be awarded to students who transfer from or would be assigned to public schools on the 2019/2020 list (this is not the list of 1200 schools previously announced for the 2020/21 school year). This includes entering kindergarten students and students moving from grade 8 to grade 9.
- Siblings of students who received a traditional EdChoice scholarship in 2019/20 are eligible for a scholarship in 2020/2021 (new provision).
- Students who were eligible for a traditional EdChoice scholarship in 2019//2020, but did not receive one, are eligible for a scholarship in 2020/2021.
- The Ohio Dept. of Education resumed accepting, and processing applications for Traditional EdChoice scholarships on April 1. The window remains open for 60 days (May 30, 2020). The application period for the Ed Choice Expansion Program began Feb. 1. Scholarships are awarded by June 30 and then to continue accepting, processing and awarding scholarships after the priority application period ends, or available funds are used.
- The EdChoice Expansion program (low-income program) remains unchanged for 2020/21. To be eligible, a student must be ineligible for traditional EdChoice and have a family income at or below 200 percent of poverty.