Qualified Schools FAQs
How will we receive tuition payments?
Qualified students who are attending a qualified school will have a dedicated tuition purse through ClassWallet. Tuition will be invoiced quarterly by the qualified school and may be paid prior to educational services rendered.
Can families use other methods of payment?
If a student has a remaining balance to a provider after all ESA funds have been used, the balance may be paid through another payment method. Families may also choose to pay tuition and fees by other means and use ESA for other qualified expenses. Families are responsible for any leftover balance after ESA funds are used.
When are disbursements made?
Disbursements will be made on August 18, October 1, January 1 and April 1. Tuition payments to Qualified Schools will be made on the same schedule
Is there a required fee structure?
The Indiana Education Scholarship Account Program does not establish a fee structure for any participating entity. Tuition and fees are determined by the qualified school. The tuition and fee policy, as well as discount policy are submitted annually as part of the application and renewal. The parent/guardian of an eligible student will contact the qualified school to obtain the school's tuition and fee policy and discount policy, if applicable.
What are the benefits of becoming a qualified school?
The Education Scholarship Account Program benefits qualified schools who would like to offer additional financial options to their families. The ESA also opens the opportunity for schools to offer individual classes, courses, programs, tutoring, camps or any other qualified expenses to their community of students who may not be enrolled in the school, and accept ESA funds as payment for these services in arrears.
What is a qualified school?
A qualified school refers to a nonpublic school accredited by either the state board or a national or regional accreditation agency that is recognized by the state board:
(1) to which an eligible student is required to pay tuition to attend; and
(2) that agrees to enroll an eligible student
To be considered a qualified school, do I have to administer statewide assessments?
Each qualified school that is a participating entity that accepts payments for tuition made from an account under the program shall administer to its eligible students, for the applicable grade levels as provided under IC 20-32-5.1, the statewide assessment unless otherwise prescribed by the eligible student’s:
(1) individualized education program;
(2) service plan developed under 511 IAC 7-34;
(3) choice special education plan developed under 511 IAC 7-49; or
(4) plan developed under Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 794.
What types of expenses are qualified?
- 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 IEP or ISP
- Fee for service transportation to and from approved provider
- Fees for certain student assessments and examinations
- Fees for the management of the Indiana ESA account