Which students are eligible to receive ACE funds?

The ACE Educational Savings Account program is available to any student between the ages of 6 and 18 years old whose family income is at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level. Qualifying children include those who attend any Ohio public or nonpublic school or are home-educated by their parents and have been excused from the compulsory attendance law for the purpose of home instruction.

  1. Parents may submit an online application including income documentation to the Ohio Department of Education.
  2. The Ohio Department of Education completes the income verification process and determines program eligibility for all applicants.
  3. Eligible applicant information is shared with Merit International, Inc.
  4. Merit International, Inc. will provide eligible families with their savings accounts and a marketplace to purchase allowable services and materials.