GRACE provides scholarships to children from families with financial need in grades PreK-12 for use at participating schools located in the State of Georgia.
To be eligible for a GRACE award, a student must meet all eligibility requirements contained in the law under which we operate, and must meet all admission requirements set by the Catholic school of choice.
To qualify, all students must be a resident of Georgia and those entering second grade and above must have attended a Georgia public school immediately prior to receiving a scholarship. Those students enrolling in an accredited Pre-K program, Kindergarten or first grade do not have to transfer from a Georgia public school.
The Georgia public school attendance requirement may be waived in the following cases:
A student who is assigned to a public school that the Office of Student Achievement determines to be low-performing based on the school attendance zone of his or her primary residence, or
A student is the subject of officially documented cases of school based physical violence or student related verbal abuse threatening harm, or
A student was enrolled in an official home study program for at least one year immediately prior to receiving a scholarship under this law.
What is the time period covered by a GRACE Scholars award?
The award overs the years until the student completes the highest grade at the school
The award is reviewed annually to determine continuing financial need, to assess whether the student remains ingood standing with the school, and to confirm the student is a resident of Georgia.
Is there a maximum award amount that the student can receive?
Yes. The maximum scholarship is the lowest of the following:
The student’s calculated financial need (CFN) determined by a financial aid service such as FACTS
80% of the tuition rate applicable to the student
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