The Independence Academy offers three types of need-based scholarships: The IA Scholarship Fund, Indiana School Choice Scholarship, and SGO Scholarship. For more information on these scholarships or other financial assistance questions, please call the school office at 317.926.0043.
The IA Scholarship Fund
The Independence Academy has established a scholarship fund for students with high-functioning autism or Asperger syndrome 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.
Indiana School Choice Scholarship
The Indiana School Choice Scholarship, or voucher, is awarded by the state and has very specific guidelines. The student must be enrolled at IA in order to apply. The application is completed online by the school director in late spring or early summer for the following year.
- Student must have legal settlement in Indiana;
- Student must be accepted for enrollment into a participating school that is located in Indiana;
- Student must be between the the ages of 5 and 22 no later than August 1 of respective school year;
- Student must live in a household at or below the household income limits;
- One of the following conditions must also apply to the student: (a) must have been enrolled in a public school (grade 1 through 12) at a school corporation that did not charge the individual transfer tuition for at least two semesters immediately preceding the application for a Choice Scholarship; (b) must have received a Choice Scholarship in a previous school year; (c) must have received an SGO scholarship in a previous school year from the Educational Choice Charitable Trust, School Scholarship Granting Organization of Northeast Indiana, Tuition Assistance Fund of Southwestern Indiana, or Sagamore Institute.
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.