ACE Program Announcement

The Ohio Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) Educational Savings Account program provides funds to a student’s parent or guardian to use on various enrichment and educational activities. The program is being offered through a contract between Merit International, Inc. and the Ohio Department of Education.

The ACE Educational Savings Account program provides qualifying families with a $500 credit that can be used to pay for a variety of enrichment activities that will accelerate learning for students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds can be used for:

  • Before- or after-school educational programs;

  • Day camps, including camps for academics, music and arts;

  • Tuition for learning extension centers;

  • Tuition for learning pods;

  • The purchase of curriculum and material for home-school families;

  • Educational, learning or study skills services;

  • Field trips to historical landmarks, museums, science centers and theaters – including admission, exhibit

    and program fees;

  • Language classes;

  • Musical instrument lessons;

  • Tutoring.

Beginning April 11, 2022, the Ohio Department of Education will accept requests from families and determine program eligibility. Merit International, Inc. will provide eligible families with their savings accounts and a marketplace to purchase allowable services and materials.

The application manual can be downloaded here.

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