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How it Works

Ohio ACE + Merit

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.

Here's how it works for parents, guardians, students, and service providers.

Step 1

Parents and guardians can apply through the Ohio Department of Education for a $500 educational savings account to be used to pay for goods (Homeschool only) or services that help their child learn a social/emotional skill or provide them with an academic opportunity to make up for a learning loss that occurred due to Covid-19. Income verification is required. 
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Step 2

Qualifying parents and guardians will receive an email from Merit International, Inc. notifying them of their award, and inviting them to accept their digital access credential, or “merit.” This credential will be used as the login for the Ohio ACE app.
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Step 3

Organizations offering approved programs or services can apply to become a Qualified Educational Service Provider. Once verified by Merit, the organization will be listed in the Ohio ACE Education Marketplace.
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Step 4

Parents and guardians can browse the Ohio ACE Education Marketplace to see relevant service providers by category, grade, and location. These organizations have been verified as offering approved programs and services.
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Step 5

Parents and guardians use Merit’s Ohio ACE app on the web, or for Android or iOS to submit claims* and check the balance of their educational savings accounts.
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Step 6

Parents will receive an email notifying them when a claim has been approved or rejected. 
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Step 7

Once a claim is approved, payment will be made either to the parent/guardian or the Qualified Educational Service Provider, depending on what payor the parent/guardian selects during the submission of the claim. Claims submitted through the app may take 3-6 weeks for payment to be issued.
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Step 8

The student’s educational savings account balance will reflect the reimbursement.
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* Please note: All claims must include a valid, educational reason for the service/good purchased and the service or activity must have started on/after the date of the award and before the end of the program (June 30, 2022). All claims for the 2021-2022 school year must be submitted by June 30, 2022.