North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship and ESA+ Priority Applications Close March 1, 2024

Submit your Opportunity or ESA+ Scholarship application(s) by March 1! Incomplete applications will not be included in the scholarship lottery.   For further assistance visit MyPortal Frequently Asked Questions or call: 855-330-3955, M-Th (8am-6pm), F (8am-5pm). *Extended hours Thursday, 2/29 until 7:00 p.m. and Friday, 3/1 until 6:00 p.m.
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Updates to K12 Programs


*Please note: We are experiencing an unprecedented number of calls and emails about the ESA+ program and will respond as quickly as possible. In the meantime, please see the following information to learn more about the program and how to apply.


In November 2021 the NC General Assembly made changes to K12 funding Programs that impact the current school year (2021-22) and the upcoming school year (2022-23).


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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.



Webinars: ESA+ Program


For Current Students Renewing to ESA+

Jan 14, 2022 12:00 PM

Transcript Slide Presentation Frequently Asked Questions (current/renewing families)

New Student Application for ESA+

Jan 28, 2022 12:00 PM

Transcript Slide Presentation Frequently Asked Questions (new applicants)