The Independence Academy offers three types of need-based scholarships: The Indiana Choice Scholarship, The IA Scholarship Fund and SGO Scholarship. For more information on these scholarships or other financial assistance questions, please call the school office at 317.926.0043.
Choice Scholarship Program
Indiana is committed to providing all children access to quality educational opportunities. Indiana's Choice Scholarship Program, commonly referred to as the voucher program, (authorized under IC 20-51-1 and IC 20-51-4) provides scholarships to eligible Indiana students to offset tuition costs at participating schools. Students must satisfy both household income requirements and student eligibility criteria to qualify.
The Choice Scholarship Program provides State funding to qualifying students that is used to help offset tuition costs at participating Choice schools. Students qualify based on student eligibility criteria (Household Income Verification). The Independence Academy is a 2019-2020 Participating Choice School.
The IA Scholarship Fund
The Independence Academy has established a scholarship fund for students with high-functioning autism who would not otherwise be able to attend our school. Funding for this scholarship depends solely on financial donations made to the school, whereby the award amount and number of granted scholarships is determined. Priority is given to students who cannot qualify for other scholarships. Our long term goal is that the IA Scholarship Fund will provide partial or full tuition assistance annually for eligible students with demonstrated financial need, as determined by the Scholarship Committee of the Board of Directors. Students who are currently enrolled at The Independence Academy, as well as new students, may qualify for an IA Scholarship.
Any student currently attending The Independence Academy or a new student who has completed the admission process and received a letter of acceptance;
Recipient must maintain status as an IA student in good standing;
Applications must be received by May 1 each year, whereby the student’s family or guardian has demonstrated a need for tuition assistance. Determination for and awarding of tuition assistance is made annually.
The Independence Academy admits students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation and national or ethnic origin. Scholarship awards are determined based on financial need. In determining scholarship awards, the school does not discriminate in race, color, religion, sexual orientation and national or ethnic origin.
Families seeking tuition assistance for the following school year must complete an application form and submit the required documents by May 1 to verify income and need. Please specify which scholarships you are applying for.
The state of Indiana established a tax-credit program to incentivize private donations to fund educational choice for low-income families attending non-public schools. This tax savings opportunity is available to individuals and corporations that make a financial contribution to IA through the Sagamore Institute, a qualified scholarship granting organization (SGO). Funding for this scholarship depends solely on financial donations made to the school through the Sagamore Institute, whereby the award amount and number of granted scholarships is determined.
Student's household must not have an annual income of more than 200% of the amount required to qualify for the federal free- or reduced-price lunch program.