Opportunity Scholarship and Children with Disabilities Scholarship Grant


Dear Blessed Sacrament School Families and Friends,


Many of you may have followed the proposed changes the legislature put forth last spring and subsequently passed at the end of their session.  Both the Children with Disabilities Scholarship Grant and the Opportunity Scholarship passed and are available to North Carolina Families for the 2014-2015 school year.  The driving force behind these scholarships is the opportunity for parents to have options that enable them to find the school that works best for their children.


I am very excited as this is an additional recruiting tool for our school.  Dr. Michael Fedewa, Superintendent of Catholic Foundation and Education, and the entire Diocese were also supporting the passage of these two scholarship opportunities.


Following is information provided by the North Carolina Schools for Educational Freedom group.  I encourage you to read, understand, and help spread the word about these scholarships.  On October 3rd I'll attend an Informational Symposium in Pinehurst, NC so that I am better prepared to answer questions and assist potential families as they walk through the application process.




Applications for the Children with Disabilities Scholarship Grant will be available very soon, and the time to apply for Opportunity Scholarships is right around the corner.  
Children with Disabilities Scholarship Grant: This program replaces the Tax Credit for Children with Disabilities. Applications for the spring semester of 2014 will be made available by the State Education Assistance Authority on October 1st, 2013. Families currently benefiting from the existing tax credit will receive first priority and remaining scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

The Children with Disabilities Scholarships Grant will be used to reimburse tuition and special education services for eligible children who are educated in a home school or nonpublic school. Grants will be capped at $3,000 per semester for certain educational expenses and are determined by a family's qualifying expenses, not their income. 

To qualify, a student must: 

Be under the age of 22
Have been enrolled in public school for at least one full semester
Have an Individualized Education Plan from their public school and receive special education or related services on a daily basis
Be re-evaluated by public schools every three years to determine whether they still meet the definition of a child with a disability

Opportunity Scholarships: Students from low-income families who wish to move from public schools to nonpublic schools in the 2014-15 school year can apply for scholarships beginning February 1, 2014. Starting in March 2014, families will be notified whether their child has received the scholarship. The scholarship amount is capped at $4,200 per year and is based on household income. Students must have been previously enrolled in public school for one semester prior to taking advantage of the scholarship. In addition to tuition expenses, scholarship money can be used toward fees associated with nonpublic schools, including costs of books and transportation.

To learn more about these programs, visit PEFNC's pages:
Children with Disabilities Scholarship Grants
 Opportunity Scholarships 

Contact me with any questions.  As I receive more information I'll continue to share with  you what I have learned.

Warm regards,
Tara Hackman
Director of Admissions and Summer Programs