ELIGIBILITY AND REQUIREMENTS

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:

  1. 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
  2. A student is the subject of officially documented cases of school based physical violence or student related verbal abuse threatening harm, or
  3. 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
  • An index of per-pupil public school spending in Georgia – the index is established annually by the Georgia Department of Education