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Jon Peterson Special Need Scholarship Program

John Peterson Scholarship.
The JPSN Scholarship provides different funding amounts based on the disability.

Jon Peterson Special Need Scholarship Program Overview

The Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship (“JPSN Scholarship”) allows the Ohio Department of Education (“ODE”) to provide a scholarship for a qualified child with certain disabilities.

Like the Autism Scholarship, the Jon Peterson Special Needs 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 JPSN Scholarship provides different funding amounts based on the disability, and therefore may not cover the entire cost of services at Haugland; please contact us for more information.

The JPSN Scholarship was named for Jon Peterson, a former member of the Ohio House of Representatives and the current Delaware County Treasurer, who was instrumental in developing the Autism Scholarship.  

John Peterson Scholarship.
There are two application periods which are set by ODE.

How And When To Apply

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

John Peterson scholarship Parents interested in applying for the JPSN Scholarship for their child must first enroll their child at Haugland Learning Center and will receive a scholarship application during the enrollment process.

There are two application periods which are set by ODE: February 1st through April 15th and October 1st through November 15th. Please call 614-602-6473 for more information.  

John Peterson Scholarship.
Parents must register their child with their local school district and receive an IEP from that district.

How It Works

Parents that are interested in using the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship must register their child with their local school district and receive an IEP from that district.

Next, parents may choose to enroll with Haugland (either in a center-based program or home-based program) and use the JPSN scholarship to pay for tuition and services. The scholarship is awarded at certain levels, which depend on the child’s diagnosis.

John Peterson Scholarship.

In the event that the child’s award amount does not cover the full tuition at Haugland, parents will need to make up the difference either out-of-pocket or with another funding source. The JPSN Scholarship is awarded on an academic-year basis and parents will need to re-apply each year. Haugland can assist parents with this process.

Award amounts currently range from $7,447 to $27,000, and therefore may or may not pay the full tuition at Haugland.

In the event that the child’s award amount does not cover the full tuition at Haugland, parents will need to make up the difference either out-of-pocket or with another funding source. The JPSN Scholarship is awarded on an academic-year basis and parents will need to re-apply each year. Haugland can assist parents with this process.  

John Peterson Scholarship.
Haugland can help parents understand how these rules apply to their specific situation.

Important Rules

ODE has many rules that govern the use of the Jon Peterson Special Needs 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 JPSN scholarship if their child is attending public school
  •   The JPSN Scholarship may not be used to pay for summer services if the child attends public school during the regular school year
  •   Services provided under the JPSN Scholarship must follow the student’s IEP, but the IEP can be modified by parents by submitting a modification request to ODE
  •   Scholarship funds may not be used for pre-school programs
  •   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 Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship