Explore K12 Funding
Explore K12 Funding
*Please note: We are experiencing an unprecedented number of calls and emails about the ESA+ program and will respond as quickly as possible. In the meantime, please see the following information to learn more about the program and how to apply.
Expands school choice for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
North Carolina offers two scholarship programs that help families afford nonpublic (private and home) schools. Families may apply to more than one program, as long as they meet the eligibility requirements of each.
Suitable for: parents who qualify based on income
If your family meets the income requirements and your student attends a North Carolina public school, is a rising kindergarten, first-grade, or second-grade student, is in foster care or adopted within the last year, or has a parent who is active-duty military, you may qualify for the Opportunity Scholarship Program.
Suitable for: parents of students with disabilities*
The Education Student Accounts (ESA+) program is available to meet the needs of students with disabilities. Funds can be used to pay school tuition, as well as expenses such as speech therapy, tutoring services, and educational technology for families who home school their students.
*Student must have an eligibility determination from a North Carolina Individualized Education Program (IEP) dated within the last three years.
Do you represent a school that is interested in participating in K12 Programs, or needs to manage its participation in an existing Program? Find out how to register your school, determine student eligibility, and process payments.
Did you Know?
In 2018, K12 families gained another option to help pay tuition expenses for K12 schools through North Carolina’s National College Savings Program (also known as a “529 account”). Families can now use 529 accounts to save and pay for tuition expenses for nonpublic K12 schools under certain conditions.