Q: Who qualifies for school choice scholarships?
A: Children who:
Live and attend school in Jefferson or Oldham County
are entering Kindergarten (K) through the Sixth Grade (6) in the Fall of 2019 at any private or parochial school (unless your child is currently in the program, in which case you can apply through the eighth grade).
are eligible for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program
Q: How much is the maximum income?
A: Every year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture releases new income limits for eligibility for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program.
2019-2020 Total Annual Income Limits
For each additional household member add: +7,992
Q: Is it too late to apply for this school year?
A: Unfortunately, yes.
Applications for the 2019-20 school year were due February 28, 2019. However, we do keep a waiting list and you are welcome to submit an application after the due date to be placed on the waiting list.
Q: How can I apply for a School Choice Scholarship?
Due date is february 28, 2019 for the 2019-20 school year. late applications will be placed on waiting list. Only one application per family is required, with all children requesting scholarships listed on the same application.
q: What do I need to include with my application?
A: All sections of the application must be completely filled out in order to be considered. You also must include your Federal Tax Return and a $25 processing fee to FACTS.
Q: How are scholarship winners chosen?
A: All new applications that are determined to qualify are entered into a lottery.
In May, the School Choice lottery is held, and winners' names are chosen! All applicants will be notified by mid-June whether or not they have been awarded a scholarship.
Scholarships are for tuition only, and are paid directly to the school.
*Please note: incomplete applications are not included in the lottery.
Q: What if I apply for scholarships for all three of my children, but only one of their names is drawn in the lottery? Will they have to go to different schools?
A: No. If one child's name from a family is chosen in the lottery, all qualified siblings who are also in the lottery automatically receive scholarships also!
Q: I can't afford the $25 processing fee. What should I do?
A: We don't want the cost to keep anyone from applying, so there is the possibility you can have this fee waived. Please follow the instructions on the application to make your request. We will be waiving the fees for a maximum of 100 people this year, so you must hurry if this is a need.
Q: How many years is the scholarship?
A: One year. However, based on available funding, if you apply next year and again qualify, your child will again be awarded a scholarship.
Your application will not have to go back in the lottery. The lottery is for new applications only. We have many wonderful families who have been part of the School Choice family for many years.
Q: I am planning to apply for tuition assistance from the Catholic Education Foundation. Do I have to pay the fee twice?
A: No -- Beginning in 2015, School Choice Scholarships and Catholic Education Foundation began partnering to make applying for both easier. If you are applying for a school that qualifies for both School Choice and CEF, you will be able to fill out one combined application and only pay one fee.
Q: Will I decrease my chances of qualifying for a scholarship if I receive tuition assistance from another organization or my school?
A: No, we grant partial scholarships, up to $2,000, and we work with all other possible sources of tuition assistance to help make sure your child is able to go to the school of your choice.
Q: What happens when I get the great news that my child is receiving a School Choice Scholarship?
A: We will send you an email or letter with all the details. Be sure to read everything carefully before you sign the Scholarship Agreement and return it to us. This is the start to a great partnership to help your child have the best possible education!
One of the most important parts of the Agreement is the family program requirement. All parents of School Choice scholars must agree to attend at least four family program meetings throughout the course of the school year. We have partnered with another local organization called Operation:Parent to create a meaningful, high-quality family program. These meetings cover a range of topics important and helpful to all parents, such as how to get your child on a schedule, how to handle bullying, and planning healthy, affordable meals.
We offer sixteen or more meetings throughout the year, so finding four that fit your schedule should be easy. Many parents attend many more than four because they find them so beneficial. Also, your children are always welcome to come with you, of course! We usually have fun games and activities for the kids while the parents are meeting. And we always have something yummy to eat for everyone. We can also help your child work on homework while you meet.
The family program meetings are a wonderful way for families to get to know one another, have an opportunity to ask parenting and household questions of experts, and for us to get to know you!
Q: i still have questions. who do i ask?
A: If you have questions or concerns about your application, please contact a FACTS Customer Care Representative at 866-441-4637.
If you have any other questions, we are always here to help! Our office number is (502) 254-7274. Or email us at Info@SchoolChoiceKy.org.