The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice

Advancing Milton and Rose D. Friedman's Vision of School Choice for All Children

North Carolina - Special Education Scholarship Grants for Children with Disabilities

Enacted 2013 • Launches 2014 • Voucher

North Carolina allows students with special needs to receive vouchers to attend private schools.

Latest Stats (2013)

  • Students participating: N.A.
  • Schools participating: N.A.
  • Maximum voucher value: $3,000 per semester

Program Details

Student Funding
Vouchers are worth up to $3,000 per semester ($6,000 per school year) and may be used for private school tuition and special education services, including services provided to homeschooled students. A total of $3 million is available for vouchers for each fiscal year, and any leftover funds will carry over to the next fiscal year.

Student Eligibility
To qualify, students must require an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and receive special education services on a daily basis. Additionally, students must have either been (1) enrolled in a North Carolina public school during the previous semester, (2) received special education services as a preschooler during the previous semester, (3) received a voucher under this program during the previous semester, or (4) be eligible for enrollment in kindergarten or first grade.

Rules & Regulations
• Income Limit: None
• Prior Year Public School Requirement: Conditional
• Geographic Limit: Statewide
• Enrollment Cap: None
• Voucher Cap: $3,000 per semester
• Testing Mandates: Nationally recognized norm-referenced tests

Governing Statutes
N.C. Rev. Stat. §§ 112.2-5

Friedman Contact
Doran Moreland |

Related Research

10/30/2014 The School Starter Checklist: Meeting the Private Education Regulations in States with School Choice
9/10/2012 North Carolina K-12 and School Choice Survey
10/25/2007 The High Cost of Low Graduation Rates in North Carolina

Related News

10/26/2014 Charlotte Observer | Vouchers already helping N.C. families
3/12/2014 National Review Online | Choosing to Learn
1/23/2014 U.S. voucher, school choice enrollment reaches record high
8/15/2013 Sharing your story in “The ABCs” can be as easy as one, two, three
8/6/2013 Stateline | Tax Dollars for Private School Tuition Gain in States

Please Wait...