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Autism Scholarship Program

Autism scholarship program.
The Autism Scholarship was first established in 2003.

Autism Scholarship Program Overview

The Autism Scholarship Program allows the Ohio Department of Education to provide a scholarship for a qualified child with Autism.

The Autism Scholarship gives parents a choice of sending their child to a special education program, other than the one operated by their child's school district, to receive the services outlined in the child's Individualized Education Program (“IEP”). The Autism Scholarship was first established in 2003, and Haugland Learning Center has been a provider since that time.

Haugland Learning Center has also assisted the Ohio Department of Education and lawmakers over the years with some of the improvements that have been made to the Autism Scholarship.  

Autism scholarship program how and when to apply.
Parents interested in applying for the Autism Scholarship for their child must first enroll their child at Haugland Learning Center.

How And When To Apply

Haugland Learning Center is a registered Autism Scholarship provider and provides IEP-based services in accordance with the guidelines of the Ohio Department of Education Autism Scholarship Program.

Ohio department of education

Parents interested in applying for the Autism Scholarship for their child must first enroll their child at Haugland Learning Center and will receive a scholarship application during the enrollment process. Haugland Learning Center staff will assist parents with all aspects of applying for and receiving the Autism Scholarship. Please call 614-602-6473 for more information.

Please note that parents may apply year-round but any applications received on or after April first will not be processed for the current academic year; they will be deferred until the start of the following academic year.  

Autism scholarship program start by registering your child with your local school district.
Parents will need to re-apply each year.

How It Works

Parents that are interested in using the Autism Scholarship must register their child with their local school district and receive an Individualized Education Program from that district.

Next, parents may choose to enroll with Haugland Learning Center (either in a center-based program or home-based program) and use the Autism Scholarship to pay for tuition and services. The Autism scholarship award is currently $27,000 per academic year and parents will need to re-apply each year. Haugland Learning Center can assist parents with this process.  

Autism scholarship program.
Haugland can help parents understand how these rules apply to their specific situation.

Important Rules

The Ohio Department of Education has many rules that govern the use of the Autism Scholarship, and Haugland can help parents understand how these rules apply to their specific situation. Here are the most important and most frequently misunderstood rules:

  •   Scholarship funds are paid directly to Haugland, not to parents
  •   Parents may not receive the Autism Scholarship if their child is attending public school
  •   Services provided under the Autism Scholarship must follow the student’s Individualized Education Program, but the IEP can be modified by parents by submitting a modification request to the Ohio Department of Education
  •   Children are not eligible for the Autism Scholarship until they turn three years old
  •   School districts are required by Senate Bill 316 to notify parents of a child with a disability at the time of an evaluation or IEP revision that they may be eligible for the Autism Scholarship