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ESA+ Awarding Process

  In early April, NCSEAA will conduct a lottery and notify families.

Eligible applications submitted by March 1st will be entered into a random lottery. Students are awarded the ESA+ Scholarship in order of lottery number until funding is exhausted.

*Note: students who received funding in 2023-24 will renew their funding before the lottery takes place.



Applicants who are selected in the lottery are awarded an annual scholarship of $9,000 or $17,000.



If the number of eligible applications exceeds the amount of funds available, students will be added to a waitlist to fill slots that may become available at a later date.


Frequently Asked Questions

No. Scholarships are awarded per child, not per family. Parents applying for more than one student should submit a separate application for each student. We encourage you to apply for all students in your household, at the same time. During the lottery, students from the same household who are on new applications submitted in February will receive the same lottery number.

We will use the email you provided in MyPortal to notify you of important information, including award status and deadlines. Make sure your MyPortal email address is current and check it regularly.

Yes. Send us an email when school starts this fall. It should say that you wish to forfeit your Fall funding and convert to a single term award for the spring semester only.

No. All eligible applications submitted between February 1st and March 1st will be entered into a random lottery.

Yes, you may apply if your student currently attends public school. However, your student must be enrolled in a private or home school by October 1st to use the ESA+ scholarship. For more information see “Choosing a school.”