Funds must be used for pre-approved educational purposes only. Qualified expenses include:
Potential service providers 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. For now, service providers can sign up on this webpage for news and updates as the program begins.
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 a receipt to the parent of an eligible student for each qualified expense charged for education or related service.
Yes, similar to the Choice Scholarship program, schools need to apply to be considered a participating vendor in the INESA program. Schools will need to follow the same application process as other potential service providers.
All school types can provide services, such as a course for INESA students to take, however, only non-public schools can enroll INESA students within their school full-time.
A qualified non-public school is 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.
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.