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Educational Credit for Exceptional Needs Children


The General Assembly in 2013 and in 2014 enacted a provision, Proviso 1.80. in the state budget that allows for the creation of nonprofit scholarship funding organizations. These 501(c)(3) organizations may allocate grants up to $10,000 per child for tuition, transportation, or textbook expenses for exceptional needs students attending an independent school.

The Education Credit for Exceptional Needs Children (ECENC) is separate and distinct from the enrollment of public school students with disabilities at a private school, which is governed by South Carolina State Board of Education regulation 43-243. Moreover, the ECENC explicitly forbids the "regulat[ion] of the educational program of an independent school that accept students receiving scholarship grants."

Below are links to information to assist the general public:

Proviso 1.80. of 2014-15 General Appropriation Act 

Independent Schools

Nonprofit Scholarship Funding Organizations

Advisory Committee

Last Updated August 18, 2014