Indiana Choice Scholarship Program
Ascension Lutheran Christian School (ALCS) is a participant in the Indiana Choice Scholarship Program. To be eligible students must meet both income criteria and qualify for a scholarship through one of several tracks. To make application for a Choice Scholarship a parent or guardian must provide basic enrollment information to the school office including proof of residency (e.g. utility bill, mortgage, etc.) and, for some families, provide proof of income.
To receive a full award, parents or guardians must make application to the Choice Scholarship program by September 1 of each year. Eligibility is determined each school year. Parents can make application for the 2020-21 school year beginning March 15, 2020.
The Choice Scholarship amount is determined by both household income and the student’s school corporation of residence. In most cases the Choice Scholarship covers all of the cost of tuition and fees for students at Ascension, although the actual award can range from $3,100 per year to the total amount of tuition and fees ($7,175 for the 2020-21 school year).
Most families will qualify for some amount of a Choice Scholarship at ALCS.
Children who are included in the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) Direct Verification System are deemed income eligible. Others must provide proof of income, usually last year’s Federal Income Tax Return (Form 1040). Additional verification may be required for other circumstances including household size (e.g. an older child living in the household) and income from sources not reported on this tax return (e.g. disability, child support, etc.)
Children in households that meet income eligibility requirements must qualify for a Choice Scholarship through one of the following ways:
- Received a Choice Scholarship (at ALCS or another participating non-public school) in the 2019-20 school year.
- Received an SGO Scholarship at ALCS in the 2019-20 school year.
- Attended a public school for the previous two semesters (including a Charter school).
- Assigned by their residency to attend an F-Rated School.
- A sibling received a Choice Scholarship at ALCS in the 2019-20 school year.
Children who do not qualify for a Choice Scholarship or who have a gap between the amount of their Choice Scholarship and the total of tuition and fees may be eligible to receive a scholarship through the Lutheran Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) of Indiana. Parents and guardians make application for this scholarship when they apply for the Indiana Choice Scholarship.
We are here to help. If you have any questions about the scholarship program or the enrollment process, please call us at 219-887-5031.