Enacted 2013 • Launches 2014 • Voucher
In the 2014-15 school year, North Carolina will award vouchers statewide to students whose families
meet certain income requirements.
Latest Stats (2013)
- Students participating: N.A.
- Schools participating: N.A.
- Maximum voucher value: $4,200
The maximum voucher amount allowed is $4,200, not to exceed the private school’s actual tuition and
fees. The vouchers may be used for tuition, transportation, equipment, or any other items required by
qualifying private schools.
For the first year of the program, students are eligible to receive vouchers if they reside in a household
that qualifies for the federal free and reduced-price lunch (FRL) program ($43,568 for a family of four
in 2013-14). Students must also have been attending a public school during the 2014 spring semester.
If the program is funded in future years, eligibility increases to households with incomes up to 133
percent of the FRL program, and kindergartners and first-graders qualify for vouchers without having
to attend a public school.
In December 2013, the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) and the North Carolina Justice
Center filed suit to challenge the constitutionality of the Opportunity Scholarships program under the
state constitution. The NCAE has argued that the constitution requires all money spent on education must
be spent in the state’s public schools. They further argue that because private schools are not regulated like
public schools, the state is not spending money for a “public purpose” when it awards vouchers. The state
has not yet responded to the lawsuit and a hearing date has not been set.
Rules & Regulations
• Income Limit: 100 percent x FRL
• Prior Year Public School Requirement: None
• Geographic Limit: Statewide
• Enrollment Cap: None
• Voucher Cap: $4,200
• Testing Mandates: Nationally recognized norm-referenced tests
N.C. Rev. Stat. §§ 115C-562.1-7
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How to apply: http://www.ncseaa.edu/OSG.htm