Understanding North Carolina's ESA Program: Insights from the Latest Webinar (2023)

Written by: ArgoPrep Team



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Hello, North Carolina parents! If you're exploring educational options for your child, especially if they have special needs, the Education Savings Account (ESA) program might be on your radar. We're here to break down the essentials from the recent webinar, making it easier for you to navigate this valuable resource.

Overview of ESA Program:

The ESA program in North Carolina offers scholarships for children with disabilities, enabling them to attend non-public schools, including private or homeschool settings. This state-funded initiative is designed to support families in providing the best education for their children's unique needs.

Key Takeaways from the Webinar:

  • Program Eligibility and Structure:
    • The ESA program is specifically for students attending non-public schools. It's not suitable for children enrolled full-time in their assigned public school.
    • Parents must annually sign a parent agreement, complying with all program rules and statutes.
  • Award Amounts:
    • Scholarships can go up to $9,000 per year, depending on the child's specific needs and the costs involved in their education.
    • Documentation of a disability is required, typically through the North Carolina IEP process.
  • Enrollment Options:
    • The majority of students in the ESA program are enrolled in private schools in North Carolina. There are also options for homeschooling and part-time enrollment in public schools.
    • Direct payment schools and ESA plus reimbursement schools offer different models for handling scholarship funds.
  • Parental Responsibilities:
    • Parents have a significant role in managing the scholarship, including compliance with the rules, ensuring the use of funds for eligible expenses, and maintaining accurate records.
  • Use of Funds:
    • The funds can be used for a variety of educational expenses, including tuition, educational therapies, technology, and more.
    • Parents must be cautious about spending and ensure they adhere to the guidelines set by the ESA program.
  • Managing Funds through Class Wallet:
    • Class Wallet is an online platform used to manage ESA funds. It's essential for homeschool parents and those whose children attend ESA plus reimbursement schools.
  • Tax Implications:
    • There may be tax implications for the use of ESA funds, particularly for non-tuition expenses. It's advised to consult a tax professional for guidance.

Discover ArgoPrep: Enhancing Your Child's Learning Journey

As you navigate the opportunities provided by North Carolina's ESA program, it's essential to have the right educational resources at your fingertips. This is where ArgoPrep, an award-winning EdTech e-learning and publishing company, steps in. Our materials, used by over 1 million students, are not just popular but have also garnered recognition for their excellence. With more than 15 educational awards to our name, including the prestigious Forbes 30 under 30 in Education, we are proud to be an approved curriculum vendor for the ESA program in North Carolina.

ArgoPrep offers a range of workbooks and online resources that are perfectly aligned with the educational needs and standards expected in the ESA program. Our content is meticulously crafted by experts in education, ensuring that it not only complements your child’s learning experience but also enhances it. Whether your child is homeschooled, attends a private school, or is part of a hybrid educational setup, ArgoPrep's resources are designed to fit seamlessly into their curriculum. Our workbooks cover a wide spectrum of subjects and are especially beneficial for reinforcing concepts and practicing skills that are critical for academic success.

What sets ArgoPrep apart is our commitment to delivering quality education in an accessible and engaging format. Our resources are not just educational tools; they are stepping stones toward building a solid foundation for lifelong learning. By choosing ArgoPrep, you are investing in your child's future, ensuring they have the support they need to excel in their educational journey. We invite you to explore ArgoPrep’s offerings and see how they can be integrated into your child's ESA-funded education, providing them with a well-rounded, enriching learning experience.

Allowable Expenses

What Can ESA+ Funds Be Used For?

  • Tuition and Fees: For private schools.
  • Educational Services: Including speech therapy, tutoring, and educational therapy.
  • Products: Such as curricula, textbooks (in specific subjects), and educational technology.
  • Transportation: For educational services or activities.

Not Allowed

  • ESA+ funds cannot be used for consumable supplies, household items, field trips, event tickets, organizational memberships, out-of-state services, sports equipment, or certain furnishings.


The North Carolina ESA program offers a valuable opportunity for families of children with disabilities. By understanding the program's structure, requirements, and benefits, parents can make informed decisions to best support their child's education.

Remember, each child's needs and circumstances are unique, so it's crucial to consider how the ESA program can be tailored to suit your family's situation. Stay informed, stay engaged, and let's work together to ensure the best educational outcomes for our children!

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