I would like to extend a special thank you to Joeth Strickland for volunteering her time. Ms. Strickland recently gave a presentation at The Homeschool Gathering Place in order to raise awareness of the educational grants available for parents and educators in our area. Did you know that North Carolina offers three programs that expand school choice for eligible students in kindergarten through 12th grade? These programs are respectively called, The Opportunity Scholarship, Disabilities Grant, and Education Savings Account.
If your child has an (IEP) Individualized Education Plan you are entitled to $8,000 per year through a grant program created by the North Carolina General Assembly. The Disabilities Grant Program was implemented to help parents pay educational expenses for families who have children enrolled in an eligible nonpublic setting, such as homeschool, or in an eligible public setting, such as private school, where tuition would be required. These funds may be used to buy resources related to education. For example, books, tuition, computers and even tutoring by a certified teacher are ways in which parents can allocate this money.
Open enrollment begins in May, and family income is not a consideration. This program helps North Carolina save money while assisting parents who have children with special needs. It is administered on a first come, first serve basis, so apply early. If you would like to see a side by side comparison of all 3 grant programs click here.