Affordability and Financial Aid
Our Lady of Grace Catholic School is a Direct Payment School for the North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship Program. This program has provided families with the option of a private school education since 2013. Initially a need-based program, the state legislature recently voted to expand the program significantly so that all North Carolina families are eligible to apply for the scholarship in the 2024-2025 school year.
Every family in the state of North Carolina is now eligible for $3,000-7,000 in tuition toward a private school education.
There is no longer an income requirement to qualify, and the award levels have expanded. Your household income will determine your scholarship tier, with lottery numbers randomly assigned. Students in Tier 1 will be offered an Opportunity Scholarship in order of lottery number, followed by Tier 2. If funds remain, the lottery awards will move on to Tier 3 and Tier 4. It is also no longer required that students in the 3rd grade and up attend a public school within the past year.
The Opportunity Scholarship application for the 2024-2025 school year will open on February 1, 2024. Families must apply by March 1 to receive priority consideration.
OLG FINANCIAL AID THROUGH FACTS
In addition to the Oppportunity Scholarship, OLG also accepts the following North Carolina grants and scholarships:
The ESA+ program provides scholarships in the amount of up to $9,000 a year, and to cover expenses related to educating a child with a disability* in a participating nonpublic (private or home) school. Students with certain designated disabilities may be eligible to receive $17,000 a year. For more information about eligibility and the application process, go to NCSEAA Education Student Accounts (ESA+) Program.
- Covers tuition and fees at participating schools
- No out-of-pocket expenses (provides families with an electronic debit account)
- Funds can be used for expenses such as speech or occupational therapy, tutoring services, curriculum, and educational technology.