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 who have 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 Academy (either in a center-based program or home-based program) and use one of the scholarships to pay for tuition and services. The Autism scholarship award is currently $27,000 per academic year and parents will need to re-apply each year. The Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship award varies for services needed to be outlined on the student's IEP.
How And When To Apply
Rules 4 Life Learning Academy 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 interested in applying for scholarships for their child must first enroll their child at Rules 4 Life Learning Academy and will receive a scholarship application during the enrollment process. Rules 4 Life Learning Academy 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 April first 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 Academy 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 Rules 4 Life, 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 Scholarship or the JPSN Scholarship must follow the student’s Individualized Education Program, but the IEP can be modified by parents by submitting a modification request 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