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Camp Pawpaw is a Qualified Education Service Provider and can accept Ohio ACE vouchers!

We are very excited to announce at as of June 1st 2023, Camp Pawpaw is an official Qualified Education Service Provider (QESP) in the state of Ohio. That means that families who qualify for Ohio Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) funding will be able to send their children to Camp Pawpaw at NO COST TO YOU! That's right, families who qualify, can set up an Education Savings Account and each child will receive $1,000 in vouchers to spend on enriching programming at official QESPs.

What is Ohio ACE?

The Ohio Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) Educational Savings Account program provides qualifying families with a $1,000 credit per child. These funds can be used to pay for a variety of educational activities designed to help accelerate learning for children impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Allowable activities include day camps, among others.

Eligible Students

The ACE Educational Savings Account program is available to any Ohio child ages 6 to 18 years old (who hasn’t graduated from high school) who meets at least one of the conditions below:

Residency: Children residing in districts identified as having a high rate of chronic absenteeism or have one or more schools identified as EdChoice eligible qualify for an ACE Educational Savings Account. View the full list of eligible districts.

Income: Children who reside in a household with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) at or below 400% of the federal poverty level based on the household’s most recent federal income tax return qualify for an ACE Educational Savings Account. Find the chart of qualifying income levels.

Government Social Program Participation: Children who are part of a family that participates in programs such as Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Ohio Works First (OWF) or other government social programs with eligibility at or below 400% of the federal poverty level, qualify for an ACE Educational Savings Account.

How to Apply

The ACE Application Step-by-Step Guide walks parents and guardians through the process of applying for ACE funds.

Step 1: Complete the Application

Parents and guardians must complete the ACE application to determine eligibility. To access the application, the parent or guardian must have an OH|ID account.

Please Note: If you have requested the ACE app in OH|ID and the app will not display, please USE THIS LINK to apply for the ACE program. We are aware of this issue and are actively working to fix it.

Step 2: Sign up with Merit

After the ACE application is complete and eligibility has been determined (this entire process may take up to two weeks), qualifying parents and guardians will receive an email from Merit notifying them to sign up to receive access to their account funds. This will also provide a link to the Education Marketplace.

Step 3: Spend ACE Funds with Qualified Education Service Providers

Parents and guardians will be able to access the Education Marketplace to find providers in their areas after income verification has been established and sign-up with Merit on is complete.


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