Registration Process to Become an Approved Provider
The Education Student Accounts Program (ESA+) registers providers to receive direct electronic payments from families for qualified expenses. This process is for providers of tutoring or teaching services and educational therapies. Please note that this process is not for schools.
Step 1: Submit Provider Registration Request and Create Account
Visit the Provider Portal to register as a provider (for the purposes of this process, a provider may be referred to as a vendor).
Step 2: Submit Required Documents
Once you have created your provider account you will be asked to submit the required documents listed below.
- ESA+ Facility or Individual Provider Agreement (available through the Provider Portal)
- Provider Credentials
Accepted Provider Credentials
If your professional field requires that providers be licensed in the State of North Carolina:
If your professional field does not require that providers be licensed by the State of North Carolina, but you are licensed through another governing body or organization:
If your professional field does not require that providers be licensed (for example, if you are a tutor) upload documentation of your credentials:
*New* Options for Companies
Companies that plan to register three or fewer people
Companies that plan to register three or fewer people should not sign the facility agreement. Instead, they will sign the individual provider agreement (one per company) and must submit credentials for each person.
Companies that plan to register more than three people
Tutoring/educational services companies and educational therapy practices that plan to register more than three individuals as service providers for the ESA+ program will sign the Program Facility Provider Participation Agreement.
- By signing this agreement, the facility warrants that their teachers, tutors, and /or practitioners each hold acceptable professional credentials, which are on file at the company. Additionally, the facility agrees to submit provider credentials to the SEAA for each individual provider upon request.
The registration review process may take several weeks once all documents are received. However, once registered and approved you will not need to complete the process again for additional students.
ClassWallet provides the electronic account and payment processing on behalf of the ESA+ Program. After the ESA+ Program has documented compliance with the North Carolina law governing the program, ClassWallet will contact the provider to establish an electronic payment account. This is the only way to receive ESA+ funds.
ESA+ 2.5% Transaction Fee
The ESA+ debit account structure includes a 2.5% transaction fee. Families can use ESA+ funds to cover this fee. Providers can pass this fee along to parents (who can pay it with ESA+ funds).
- The transaction fee needs to be a line item on the invoice parents submit to substantiate their use of ESA+ funds.
- Schools and providers need to have a policy of charging all payments made by credit card similarly. A school or provider cannot pass on the transaction (such as a credit card fee) only to ESA+ parents.
What Happens Next?
After ESA+ staff approve a provider, the information will be sent to ClassWallet, who will contact the provider with onboarding information. It is not necessary for approved providers to initiate contact with ClassWallet.
1-855-330-3955 (K12 Program staff toll-free)