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Prior Public School Enrollment

New Students Applying for the 2022 – 2023 School Year 

 

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The Opportunity Scholarship is an income-based program for students who have previously attended public school and plan to attend a participating private school for the 2022 – 2023 school year.

To qualify for the program, a student must have attended a NC public school* or Department of Defense school as a full-time student: 

  • during spring 2022; or 
  • for the 2020 – 2021 school year and attended a participating private school for 2021 – 2022. 

*North Carolina defines public schools as traditional public schools, magnet schools, and charter schools. Please note: home schools are not public schools and are not eligible to receive funding from the Opportunity Scholarship program.

 

Does a Student Meet the Prior Public School Requirement? 

If you’re still not sure whether a student meets the prior public school requirement, refer to the chart below:

 

Student attended a NC public school or Department of

Defense school full-time in spring semester 2022

 

Student meets requirement

 

Student attended a NC public school full-time in

2020 – 2021 and a participating private school in

2021 – 2022

 

 

 

Student meets requirement

 

Student attended a NC public school or Department of Defense school prior to 2020

 

 

Student does not meet requirement

 

Student has never attended a NC public school or

Department of Defense school full-time

 

 

Student does not meet requirement

Student is home-schooled

 

Student does not meet requirement

 

Special Circumstances: Exception to Prior Public School Enrollment

A student who meets one of the special circumstances listed below does not have to meet the prior public school enrollment requirement:

  1. in foster care, or adopted within the last year
  2. has a parent on full-time active military duty, or a parent who received an honorable discharge within the last year
  3. is a rising Kindergarten, 1st, or 2nd grade student

Students who meet one of these criteria may be eligible for the scholarship provided they meet other program eligibility requirements.

 

 


North Carolina defines public schools as traditional public schools, magnet schools, and charter schools. Please note: home schools are not public schools and are not eligible to receive funding from the Opportunity Scholarship program.