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The Institute for Quality Education
is a locally based non-profit organization focused on improving the quality of education for all Indiana students.

Tax Credit Scholarships

The tax credit scholarship program was designed to encourage private donations to allow low and middle income children an opportunity to attend a private school of their choice. Under HEA 1003, which was enacted in May 2011, the tax credit scholarship program was expanded and is now a component of the Indiana voucher program.

Scholarships awarded from this program represent the ability for a child who meets the voucher income limits to receive a voucher after having received a tax credit scholarship.

Families who meet the eligibility requirements can apply to certified scholarship granting organizations (SGOs) to receive a scholarship for their child to attend the K-12 public or private school of their choice.

Both corporate and individual donors are eligible to provide charitable donations to these SGOs in order to receive a 50% state tax credit from the state of Indiana, all while providing educational choices to families and opportunities to Hoosier students.

The total program cap is $7.5 million dollars; this could mean up to $15 million in potential scholarships statewide.

Non-Public School Eligibility for the Indiana Tax Credit Scholarship Program

Your non-public school is eligible to participate in the tax credit scholarship program if you meet the following requirements:

  • You are accredited by a national, state, or regional accreditation organization approved by the Indiana Department of Education. To see a list of approved accrediting organizations, click here.
  • You administer annual standardized tests, such as the ISTEP+ or another nationally-recognized, norm-referenced standardized test.
  • You do not accept students from a scholarship granting organization (SGO) that is administered by a relative of a school employee or board member.

Participation in the Tax Credit Scholarship Program

To participate in the program, simply establish a relationship with a certified SGO.  In Indiana, there are four approved SGOs: Choice Charitable Trust, Sagamore Institute, School Scholarship Granting Organization of Northeast Indiana, Inc., and The Lutheran Scholarship Granting Organization of Indiana, Inc.

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