Connecting Families to
Critical Education Funding

Software and services for ESA, microgrant, and tax credit programs

Merit named GovTech 100 Company 2024

Merit Once Again Named a GovTech 100 Company

Meri Earns GovTech 100 Recognition once again. Take a trip down memory lane with us and discover highlights from our areas of impact across the nation.

Implementation Guide

Planning your program?

Use Merit’s customizable Implementation Guide to learn insightful tips and discover what goes into making your program successful.

Implement and Administer with Ease

We help bring your program to life in just weeks, mapping our highly configurable platform to directly align with your guidelines and processes. Our experienced team becomes an extension of your department, taking the work of managing the daily logistics off your shoulders.


Streamline Eligibility


Automate Payments and Reimbursements


Ensure Funds are Spent Correctly

eal-time accurate data

Easily Track Program


Optimize Your Program

With our Software with a Service solution - state agencies, parents, and providers partner seamlessly and securely to support children's academic success. Watch the video to learn more.

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Trusted by Award Winning Programs

Connecting 120,000+ students to over $170 million dollars in critical education funding


Merit partners with the Ohio Department of Education & Workforce to deliver the Ohio Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) ESA program. 

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Merit partnered with the Kansas Office of Recovery to bring the Kansas Education Enrichment Program (KEEP) to Kansas families.

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Making it Easy for Parents and Families

As a busy parent or guardian, Merit makes it easier to focus on what matters most: your student. Beginning with streamlined applications, to managing participation with secure digital wallets and quick and easy purchases, with everything backed by helpful customer support. 

We don't just support programs; we're here to champion their success for every stakeholder.


Design Your Ideal Program

Planning your program? Use our customizable Implementation Guide to learn insightful tips and discover what goes into making your program successful.  


Your Trusted Team + Technology

Our combination of software and services has the right features to make any ESA, microgrant, or tax credit program a success


Direct Eligibility Verification

Expedite the application approval process by pre-qualifying families already participating in select government programs or scholarships.

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Digital Wallet

Provide convenient access to receive and manage funds in a secure web or mobile app, easily making payments, purchases and reimbursement requests.


Education Marketplace

Families are confident that their claims will be approved when browsing the online marketplace of pre-approved vendors for educational goods and services.


Dedicated Customer Support

Our U.S.-based customer support help desk and online multi-lingual materials ensure a pleasant experience for all stakeholders.


Awareness & Outreach

Think of us as an extension of your communications team. We’ll develop and execute marketing plans for program awareness and engagement.


No Fraud Guarantee

Should fraudulent activity related to your program occur, zero state or public dollars will be used to compensate for the financial damages incurred.

Why Partner With Merit

A Trusted Solution

Our unique combination of software and services is designed to ensure program success without adding to your team’s workload.

Digital First

Our single, secure, flexible platform ensures families can access funds and program administrators have real-time information.

We Do it All

From awareness campaigns and online help centers to eligibility verification and claim support, we can alleviate the burden on your staff.

Merit in Action

Ohio ACE ESA Program Reaches Capacity in Record Time




Students Enrolled


Awards Granted

Partnering for Program Success




Our partnership with Merit, paired with the reliability of the technology platform, is making this program a success for families and students across Ohio.


Ohio Department of Education

Learn More About Merit for Education

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Kansas Education Enrichment Program Provides Back-to-School Assistance for...

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New program in Kansas hopes to K.E.E.P. kids living below the poverty line in school

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Ohio’s Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) Educational Savings Accounts Provide...


Free money for back to school? You might qualify for KEEP