Two programs are available to help meet the financial needs of students with disabilities: the Disabilities Grant and the Education Savings Account (ESA). View a side by side comparison and requirements for each program.
- Covers tuition and fees at the nonpublic (private) school
- Covers qualified expenses related to educating a child with a disability by reimbursing families who have paid for qualified expenses
Funds can be used for school tuition, as well as for expenses such as speech or occupational therapy, tutoring services, and educational technology.
Before You Apply
A child must have a North Carolina Individualized Education Program (IEP) dated within the last three years. Applicants are required to submit a current Eligibility Determination form (DEC3 or ECATS) with a Disabilities Grant application.
Applying to More than One Program
It is possible to participate in both the Disabilities Grant and the Education Savings Account programs. Students must meet the criteria for each and have one of the following primary or secondary disabilities listed on their Eligibility Determination form:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Developmental Delay
- Deafness or Hearing Impairment
- Intellectual Disability (moderate or severe)
- Multiple Disabilities
- Visual Impairment
Need More Information?
Choose from one of the following:
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Did You Know?
Parents of children with disabilities may have another option to help save and pay for education expenses at K12 schools through the use of an NC ABLE Account. The NC ABLE Program allows eligible individuals the opportunity to save and fund a variety of qualified disability expenses, including certain education expenses. The NC ABLE Program is overseen by the Department of the State Treasurer and additional information can be found here.
Nonpublic Schools and Special Education
Children who are placed in a nonpublic school by their parents do not have a right to receive all of the special education and related services that they would receive if enrolled in the public schools. Likewise, a private school does not have a legal obligation to provide special education and related services to students with disabilities. Parents are encouraged to select a nonpublic school carefully and to establish a plan prior to enrollment which meets their child’s educational needs.