Joint Statement of the Indiana Non-Public Education Assoc. and the Indiana Catholic Conference
Choice Scholarship Reconciliation
Dec. 17, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s non-public schools today announced completion of a state-wide self-study of tuition and financial-aid practices. John Elcesser, executive director of the Indiana Non-Public Education Association (INPEA), said the study resulted in 80 member schools returning today a total of $3,958,747 to the Indiana Choice Scholarship Program. The accounting reconciliation covers the past three academic years, the entire period in which Choice Scholarships have been available to low- and middle-income Hoosier families.
Of that sum, $3,715,517 was returned by Catholic schools, which enroll approximately 60% of all students receiving Choice Scholarships. According to Glenn Tebbe, executive director of the Indiana Catholic Conference, the five Catholic dioceses in Indiana operate 176 schools serving 55,600 students.
“When we discovered through our own review that unintentional errors may have been made in calculating Choice Scholarships, we quickly took action to identify the mistakes, correct them, and return all overpayments to the State of Indiana,” Tebbe said... (Read more)