Moments ago, Gov. Henry McMaster announced an exciting and important school funding opportunity. Safe Access to Flexible Education (SAFE) Grants is a program to address the educational needs of eligible K5-12 students who attend participating independent schools in South Carolina.

Families with a household adjusted gross income of 300% or less of the federal poverty level may apply to receive a SAFE Grant of up to $6,500 per student. This program is permitted up to 5,000 students statewide for a total of $32 million in aid.

Nearly 68% of all South Carolina households qualify. This means that families who could not have afforded private schools now have the ability to make the best choice for their children’s education — and we want families to join us in our top-rated, faith-filled Catholic schools. Additionally, many of our current families qualify for this program.

Lower-income families should have the same educational opportunities for their children, and we now have a way to assist them. Parents may sign up to receive important program notifications, such as the opening of the online portal at If you have any questions, please contact Christine Barr at the OLR School Office, (864) 277-5350.