A school voucher, also called an education voucher, in a voucher system, is a certificate of government funding for a student at a school chosen by the student or the student's parents.
The Case for School Vouchers by LibertyPen
The funding is usually for a particular year, term or semester.
Barack Obama & the DC School Voucher Program by ReasonTV
In some countries, states or local jurisdictions, the voucher can be used to cover or reimburse home schooling expenses.
Homeschooling, also known as home education, is the education of children inside the home.
In some countries, vouchers only exist for tuition at private schools.
Private schools, also known as independent schools, non-governmental, or nonstate schools, are not administered by local, state or national governments; thus, they retain the right to select their students and are funded in whole or in part by charging their students tuition, rather than relying on mandatory taxation through public funding; at some private schools students may be able to get a scholarship, which makes the cost cheaper, depending on a talent the student may have, financial need, or tax credit scholarships that might be available.
Tuition payments, usually known as tuition in American English and as tuition fees in Commonwealth English, are fees charged for instruction during education.
Under many non-voucher education systems, people who pay for private schooling are still taxed for public schools, these parents fund both public schools and private schools simultaneously; although, in some countries, states or local jurisdictions private schools may still receive substantial government funding.