|Opportunity Scholarship Program
The Opportunity Scholarship Program expands school choice in North Carolina through scholarship grants for eligible children in kindergarten through 12th grade. This program provides funding of up to $4,200 per year for eligible children who choose to attend a participating nonpublic school.
The ongoing legal challenge to the Opportunity Scholarship program has been resolved as of July 23, 2015. The North Carolina Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Opportunity Scholarship Program. The State Education Assistance Authority will send funds to the nonpublic schools enrolling scholarship recipients for the 2015-16 school year.
To apply for the Opportunity Scholarship for the first time, complete an Opportunity Scholarship New Student Application. Students who have not received an Opportunity Scholarship are new students, even if a sibling is already an Opportunity Scholarship recipient.
All eligible applicants who apply after March 1, 2015 are placed on a waiting list because current funding is exhausted. An applicant`s position on the waiting list is determined as follows: applicants who applied prior to March 1 are placed on the list based on their lottery number. Applicants who apply after March 1 are placed on the waiting list in the order their applications are received.
When the NC General Assembly completes the budget process for next year (2015-16), we may be able to offer funds to additional students.
For full details, read the Opportunity Scholarship Program Overview and the Frequently Asked Questions.
Opportunity Scholarship Portal
Current List of Nonpublic Schools
Household Income Worksheet
Opportunity Scholarship FAQ
Information for Nonpublic Schools
Phone: 1-855-330-3955 (toll-free)