How the Special Needs Tax Credit Helps Families

2016-17 Children with Disabilities Grant Application Open

Are you interested in applying for the Children with Disabilities Grant for the 2016-2017 school year? The application opened at 12:00 pm on Sunday, May 1. This program allows families to be reimbursed up to $6,000 per student per school year for approved educational expenses for their child with special needs.

Often these expenses include private school tuition, tutoring, and other therapeutic services. The scholarship amount is determined by qualifying expenses, not a family’s income level. For families who choose to send their child to a private school, they may apply the tuition payment directly to the school in lieu of it being a reimbursable expense.

The application will remain open until funding is exhausted and there is no lottery. It’s important to note that completed applications are reviewed in the order in which they are submitted, so you will want to apply quickly. Families will need to email the documentation of a disability within a week of applying.

To qualify, a student must:

  • Be a child with a disability (Families must provide a full, signed copy of the child’s IEP or Eligibility Determination Form or a DEC-3 from the North Carolina public school system.)
  • Receive special education at least 75 days of the semester for reimbursement of related services or special education
  • Be enrolled in an approved eligible school or home school
  • Be enrolled for at least 75 days for the semester for which the parent seeks reimbursement for tuition
  • Be at least 5 by August 31st, but younger than 22

In addition, the student must:

Have been previously approved to receive the grant


Have been enrolled in a North Carolina public school the previous semester


Be eligible for enrollment in kindergarten or first grade in a North Carolina public school

To apply: CLICK HERE to visit the state Authority’s website

Kwan Graham
Parents for Educational Freedom in NC

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