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Updates to K12 Programs


The Opportunity Scholarship,

Disabilities Grant, and

Education Savings Account Programs

Updates for 2021-22 and 2022-23 School Years


The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (SEAA) administers three State-funded K12 programs to North Carolina families: the Opportunity Scholarship, the Disabilities Grant, (DGrants), and the Education Savings Account Program (ESA). The North Carolina General Assembly approved the following changes to the programs in November 2021.


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Changes for the current (2021-22) school year:

Opportunity Scholarship:

  • Students who attended a NC public school for the fall of 2019 will meet the prior public school requirement for the current year.
  • Students who submitted an application but were found ineligible will be re-evaluated.
  • Funding will begin with fall 2021 if students were enrolled in the nonpublic school as of 10/1/21. Students not enrolled as of that date may receive funding that begins with the spring 2022 semester.
  • The application for the current 2021-22 year is closed.

DGrants and ESA:

  • Additional funding may be available to eligible students for applications submitted during the February/March 2021 application period.
  • Funding will begin with spring 2022. Students must be enrolled in a participating nonpublic (private) or home school by 3/01/22.
  • The application for the current 2021-22 year is closed.


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Changes for the 2022-23 School Year:

 Opportunity Scholarship and Education Student Accounts (ESA+):

  • The Disabilities Grant and ESA programs will merge into the new “ESA+” program.
  • New students can apply for Opportunity Scholarships and ESA+ in the spring (current 2021-22 DGrants and ESA students do not need to apply for ESA+; they will renew into the new program).
  • Award amounts will increase for some programs.
  • New Eligibility Guidelines.



Upcoming Webinars: ESA+ Program


For Current Students Renewing to ESA+

Jan 14, 2022 12:00 PM



New Student Application for ESA+

Jan 28, 2022 12:00 PM

North Carolina offers a new program for families of students with disabilities. The ESA+ new student application for the 2022-23 school year will be available on March 1, 2022. (Note that current school year students who benefit from DGrants or ESA funding will renew into the ESA+ Program.) Please join this webinar to learn more about the ESA+ program and its new student application process.