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Opportunity Scholarship


The deadline to apply for the 2022-2023 school year was December 31, 2022.

The next application cycle (for the 2023-2024 school year) will open February 1, 2023. The Priority Deadline to apply will be March 1, 2023.


The Opportunity Scholarship is a program that helps families who make below a certain amount of income pay tuition and fees at Direct Payment Schools.

Do I qualify?

All of the following are required. Visit Interested to learn more about eligibility requirements:

  • My family meets the income requirements
  • My child will be at least 5 years old by August 31 or at least 4 by April 16 and approved for kindergarten according to State guidelines
  • My child lives in North Carolina
  • My child has not graduated high school
  • My child has not enrolled in a post-secondary institution full time

Need More Information?

Choose from one of the following:


Learn how to apply

New Scholarship Families

Find out next steps after getting a scholarship for the first time

Current Scholarship Families

Download forms and get help managing your current scholarship

School Personnel

Register a school or manage your school’s participation in the program

Opportunity Scholarship Data




Video: Getting Started With MyPortal



1-855-330-3955 (K12 Program staff toll-free)


Did you Know?

A child must attend a North Carolina public school for at least the Spring semester before they would begin using an Opportunity Scholarship (see exceptions to prior public school requirement).