Today Governor Henry McMaster introduced SAFE Grants, a program to help meet the financial needs of eligible families who are seeking right fit education for their children. These funds are available to current and prospective K5–12 students who enroll at Bob Jones Academy or other independent schools in South Carolina.
To fund SAFE Grants, Governor McMaster allocated $32 million of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund, a fund that is part of the federal CARES Act grant.
A SAFE Grant will provide all or a significant portion of a student’s tuition—up to $6,500 or the amount of tuition, whichever is less. As you are aware, this year’s tuitions are as follows—K5–5: $5,800; 6–8: $6,100; and 9–12: $7,500.
Parents of K5–12 students whose household adjusted gross income is 300% or less of the federal poverty level are eligible to apply for the program. For example, a household of four would need to make $78,600 or less to qualify.
The first 2,500 grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. After that, grants will be awarded through a lottery method as long as funds remain.
These funds will go quickly. Sign up for SAFE Grants announcements at www.mySCeducation.org to be prepared to apply as soon as the parent portal opens.
If your student is not currently enrolled in BJA and you believe BJA is a right fit for you, you can call (864) 770-1395 or apply online.
Don’t delay—elementary grades are hovering around full capacity, but there may be room for one more; and a limited number of seats are available at the middle and high school. We look forward to hearing from them and answering their questions.