The Autism Scholarship Program allows the Ohio Department of Education to provide a scholarship for a qualified child with Autism. The Jon Peterson Special Needs (JPSN) Scholarship allows the Ohio Department of Education to provide a scholarship to children with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
These two scholarship programs give parents/guardians a choice of sending their child to a special education program other than the one operated by their child's school district to receive the services outlined in the child's Individualized Education Program (IEP).
How It Works
Parents/guardians who are interested in using the Autism Scholarship or the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship must register their students with their local school district and receive an Individualized Education Program from that district.
Next, parents/guardians may choose to enroll with Rules 4 Life Academy Learning Center and use one of the scholarships to pay for tuition and services. The Autism scholarship award is currently $31,500 per academic year, and parents must re-apply each year. The Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship varies for services outlined on the student's IEP.
How And When To Apply
Rules 4 Life Learning Center is a registered scholarship provider and provides IEP-based services in accordance with the guidelines of the Ohio Department of Education Autism Scholarship and Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Programs.
Parents/guardians interested in applying for scholarships for their child must first enroll their child at Rules 4 Life Learning Center and will receive a scholarship application during the enrollment process. Rules 4 Life Learning Center staff will assist parents with all aspects of applying for and receiving the scholarships.
Please note that parents may apply year-round, but any applications received on or after July 1st will not be processed for the current academic year; they will be deferred until the start of the following academic year.
The Ohio Department of Education has many rules that govern the use of the Autism Scholarship, and Rules 4 Life Learning Center can help parents understand how these rules apply to their specific situation. Here are the most important and most frequently misunderstood rules:
Scholarship funds are paid directly to Re- Wellness Center, Inc., not to parents
Parents may not receive the Autism Scholarship or JPSN Scholarship if their child is attending public school
Services provided under the Autism or JPSN Scholarship must follow the student’s Individualized Education Program. Providers can modify the IEP by submitting a modification request signed by a parent/guardian to the Ohio Department of Education.
Children are not eligible for the scholarship until they turn three years old.
School districts are required by Senate Bill 316 to notify parents of a child with a disability at the time of an evaluation or IEP revision that they may be eligible for the Autism Scholarship and JPSN Scholarship.