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What is the INESA Program?

The Indiana Education Scholarship Account Program (INESA) is a program of the State of Indiana, administered and overseen by the Treasurer of State.  Through the use of dedicated scholarship money, families of eligible students or emancipated eligible students who participate in the INESA program have the opportunity to choose the educational environment and services that help them best meet their unique learning needs. Scholarship money may be used to purchase approved educational programs, therapies, services, tuition and fees, and other expenses related to the student’s education. The Program is anticipated to launch for the 2022-23 school year.

Key Terms

A participating entity, or "INESA provider" is an individual, organization, agency or other entity authorized by the Treasurer of State's Office to participate in the INESA program. All providers must meet the requirements of the program at the time of application and throughout the duration of participation in the program. A full list of requirements will be available upon application to participate in the INESA program.

Qualified expenses are costs for education-related services, products, programs, and therapies provided by an INESA Provider for which scholarship grants may be used. This includes tuition and fees at schools and other education providers; training programs and camps; fee-for-service transportation; supplemental services and therapies; costs associated with paraprofessionals; and fees for state assessments. A complete list of qualified expenses will be made available through the INESA website and the INESA Handbook as those details are finalized.

A qualified school is a non-public school accredited by either the state board or a national or regional accreditation agency that is recognized by the state board. Each qualified school that becomes a participating entity, and accepts payments from an INESA account must administer a statewide assessment to eligible students , unless otherwise prescribed by the students IEP, Service Plan (developed under 511 IAC 7-34), Choice Special Education Plan (developed under 511 IAC 7-49) or plan developed under Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C.794).

How are INESA providers paid for services and fees?

INESA account holders will have access to their grant-funded account via an online portal through which they can research, select, and make payments directly to approved service providers. INESA providers must provide receipt to the parent of an eligible student or emancipated eligible student for each qualified expense charged for education or related service.

Types of approved service providers

  • Qualified schools
  • An individual tutor or tutoring agency
  • An individual or entity that provides a service or therapy to a student with a disability as part of their individualized education program or service plan
  • An individual or entity that offers a course or program to an eligible student
  • Entities that provide student assessments

Types of Qualified Expenses

  • Educational services
  • Tuition and fees at an approved non-public school
  • Private tutoring
  • Paraprofessionals or educational aides
  • Services or therapies as prescribed
  • Tuition and fees to attend training programs and camps focusing on vocational, academic, life, independence, or soft job skills.
  • Services contracted for and provided by an approved charter, magnet, public or non-public school, such as individual classes, extracurricular activities, or additional programs, resources, or staffing as part of the student’s individualized learning plan.
  • Fee for service transportation to and from approved provider
  • Fees for certain student assessments and examinations
  • Fees for the management of the INESA account

Application to the INESA Program

How do I become an INESA approved provider? Are there any requirements?

Providers wishing to accept payments from scholarship accounts must submit an application to the Treasurer of State’s office.  Each applicant may be asked to provide proof of accreditation, licensure, certification or any other supporting documentation.

Applications are forthcoming, but once available will be able to be completed online.

Do schools also need to apply to participate in the program?

Yes, similar to the Choice Scholarship program, qualified schools need to apply to be considered a participating provider in the INESA program.  A qualified school is a nonpublic school accredited by either the state board or a national or regional accreditation agency that is recognized by the state board. Qualified schools who enroll participating students and accept fees from student accounts must administer a statewide assessment, unless otherwise prescribed by the participating student’s IEP, service plan or choice special education plan.

If I am already participating in the Choice Scholarship Program, do I also need to apply to the INESA Program? What is the difference between the two programs?

Yes. Any non public schools that may already be participating in the Choice Scholarship Program will need to apply to become a participating entity in the INESA Program.

The Indiana Choice Scholarship can only be used to cover tuition and fees at non-public, voucher-accepting schools, whereas tuition and fees are just one type of qualified expense for an INESA student.  Any remaining funds after the cost of tuition and fees can be used on any pre-approved educational expenses, such as therapies and services.

Furthermore, instead of using the INESA funds at a non-public school, parents can instead opt to completely customize their child’s education through the use of tutors, therapies, services, and other pre-approved educational expenses, as long as the parent of the eligible student uses part of the money in the account in the following areas of study: reading, grammar, mathematics, social studies or science, or other area as determined in the student’s IEP, service plan or choice special education plan.

For additional information, please contact :

Jaclyn A. Guglielmo, Executive Director

O: 317.233.0585 | C: 317.517.8476 | jguglielmo@tos.in.gov