If you have a junior or senior in high school, now is the time to start applying

The application window for several of Ohio's scholarship programs opened February 1.

Parents whose children are applying for a Special Needs Scholarship must be enrolled in a participating school or service provider before April 15, and those applying for an EdChoice Scholarship or Income-Based Scholarship may enroll in a participating private school through April 18. A second summer application window will open in July for the EdChoice and Income-Based Scholarship Programs.

EdChoice Scholarships are available to students who are attending, entering or assigned to attend the state's lowest-rated public schools. The scholarships are worth up to $4,250 per year for students in grades K-8 and up to $5,000 for high school students and can be used toward tuition at the participating private school of their choice through high school graduation. There are 60,000 scholarships available for eligible students.

Income-Based Scholarships are an option for students who are entering kindergarten or first grade in the 2014-15 school year if their family's income is at or below 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines. The scholarships are worth $4,250 and can be used to cover tuition at the participating private school of their choice through high school graduation. There are more than 4,000 of these scholarships available.

Any K-12 student in Ohio with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is eligible to apply for a Special Needs Scholarship. These scholarships are worth $7,000 to $20,000, depending on the child's special needs. The scholarships can be used toward tuition at a participating school and to pay for services at private service providers, such as therapists. There are more than 11,000 scholarships available.

Applying for one of these state-funded scholarships is just one of the many education options available to families in the state. School Choice Ohio is the only statewide organization that educates families on the education options available for their children.

Families who have questions about scholarship eligibility, the programs, or any of the other education options available to Ohio students can contact School Choice Ohio at 1-800-673-5876.

For more information about Ohio's scholarship programs or the wide variety of education options– public, private, special needs, online, homeschool, etc. – available to Ohio students, visit www.scohio.org.