Safe Access to Flexible Education Grants

Monday, July 20, 2020, Gov. Henry McMaster announced the creation of the Safe Access to Flexible Education (SAFE) Grants. SAFE grants will help students across South Carolina receive access to the best learning environments, and give parents the choice of where to send their children to school. Governor McMaster has dedicated up to $32 million of a federal grant known as the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund for the SAFE Grants program. (This program does not draw from existing state or local education funds.)

South Carolina families with a household adjusted gross income of 300% or less of the federal poverty level (FPL) may apply through a secure online portal, which will be located at to receive a SAFE grant of up to $6,500 per student.

Nearly 68% of all South Carolina households qualify. The first 2,500 scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, after which a lottery program will be instituted (if necessary) to allocate the balance of available grant funds. Parents may sign up to receive essential program notifications, such as the opening of the online portal at

Bishop England High School is in the process of becoming a registered school for SAFE Grants through the Diocese of Charleston Catholic Schools’ Office. Click here for more information regarding SAFE Grants