Children with Disabilities Scholarship Grants

What is the Children with Disabilities Scholarship Grant?

This state-funded scholarship grant reimburses families for approved educational expenses for their special needs child. Often, these expenses include private school tuition, tutoring, and other therapeutic services.  

Children with Disabilities Scholarship Grants replace the Tax Credits for Children with Disabilities enacted in 2011. The tax credit was in place through Fall 2013, and the Children with Disabilities Scholarship Grants became available in Spring 2014. Applications for the Children with Disabilities Scholarship Grants are available on the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority website.

Program particulars:

  • The program reimburses tuition and special education related services for each eligible, participating student.
  • The grant amount is $3,000 per semester (or $6,000 per year).
  • Eligibility is determined by a family’s expenses rather than income or tax liability.

Who benefits from this program?

While public schools have made significant improvements to special needs education, not every school can meet the unique needs of every child. Children with disabilities often benefit from more individualized attention and personalized lesson plans― needs that are often difficult to accommodate at traditional schools.

Applications are made available each year no later than May 1 and parents will be notified of decisions by July 1.

Click here to learn more about specific eligibility requirements for the program and to read FAQs.

Click here to read a one-page summary of the Children with Disabilities Scholarship Grant.