Parents/Guardians, Staff, and Faculty,
There have been quite a few questions regarding the ACE program and reimbursement, which has been great for us to gain a better understanding and help others. We have learned quite a bit over the last 24 hours for the program. In essence, a school trip is for an educational purpose, but must be: mathematical, science, historical, or the arts in nature, to be covered by the ACE funds. Unfortunately we learned today, the state has decided not to fund the Mohawk 6th grade camp.
Nowak Tours and the Washington D.C. Trip for Mohawk Local Schools 8th grade is covered this year and NEXT YEAR and is already an approved vendor for ACE funds. To be reimbursed through the ACE program, one must meet the household financial requirements as described under INCOME heading below.
For those who have applied and did not meet the residency requirement is because Mohawk Local Schools does not meet the chronic absenteeism rate as described below. Remember that only ONE condition below needs to be met (Residency, Income, or Government Social Program Participation.)
If you are a parent and have questions about the ACE program or eligibility, please refer to ACE OHIO PROGRAM Parental Support Team, at (567) 267-7700.
Finally, any ACE applications MUST be submitted by the parents/guardians prior to the trip date to be eligible for any funding. Below is the recent information from ACE regarding eligibility and how to apply for reimbursement through ACE.
Which students are eligible to receive ACE funds?
The ACE Educational Savings Account program is available to any Ohio child ages 6 to 18 years old (who hasn’t graduated from high school) who meets at least one of the conditions below.
Children residing in districts identified as having a high rate of chronic absenteeism or have one or more schools identified as EdChoice eligible qualify for an ACE Educational Savings Account. View the full list of eligible districts: https://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Other-Resources/Scholarships/ACE/Federal-Poverty-Level-Chart-ACE.pdf.aspx?lang=en-US
Children who reside in a household with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) at or below 400% of the federal poverty level based on the household's most recent federal income tax return qualify for an ACE Educational Savings Account. Find the chart of qualifying income levels:
GOVERNMENT SOCIAL PROGRAM PARTICIPATION
Children who are part of a family that participates in programs such as Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Ohio Works First (OWF) or other government social programs with eligibility at or below 400% of the federal poverty level, qualify for an ACE Educational Savings Account.
Parents may submit an online application including income documentation to the Ohio Department of Education: https://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/Scholarships/ACE/Ohio-ACE-How-to-Apply
The Ohio Department of Education completes the income verification process and determines program eligibility for all applicants.
Eligible applicant information is shared with Merit International, Inc.
Merit International, Inc. will provide eligible families with their savings accounts and a marketplace to purchase allowable services and materials.