Ohio Tax Credit Scholarship Programs

  • Tax Credit Scholarships

  • Enacted in 2021
  • Presented in 2021

Ohio offers tax credits to individuals who support Scholarship Organizations (SGOs), non-profit entities that provide private school scholarships to needy students. This tax credit scholarship program allows taxpayers to receive dollar-for-dollar tax credits of up to $ 750 for their donations to SGOs. Learn more about how the program works on this page, including eligibility, funding, regulations, and more.

We do not administer this program.

Financing for Students

Scholarship awarding organizations determine scholarship amounts. Taxpayers who contribute to SGOs can claim a dollar-for-dollar credit of up to $ 750.

Student Eligibility

All K-12 students residing in Ohio will be eligible. SGOs must prioritize students from low-income families and may establish their own additional eligibility guidelines.

EdChoice Experts Return

Ohio’s tax credit scholarship program has the potential to help tens of thousands of students access the schools that are best for them, but legislators could do more to expand educational opportunities.

All students are eligible to receive a tax credit scholarship, making this one of the broadest educational choice programs in the country. Statewide, only 3.5% of students statewide use one of Ohio’s five alternative educational choice programs (including the Autism Scholarship Program, the Educational Choice Scholarship Program, the Needs Scholarship Program Jon Peterson Specials, Income-Based Scholarship Program, and Cleveland Scholarship Program).

The average scholarship amount has not yet been determined, but there are no limits on scholarship values.

Tax credits equal 100% of the value of contributions to scholarship organizations, but donors can only claim up to $ 750 in tax credits per year.

To expand access to educational choice, Ohio lawmakers should increase the value of tax credits that donors can receive.

In general, the Ohio scholarship program avoids unnecessary and counterproductive regulations.

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