North Carolina Extra Credit Grants: FAQs

In early September, the North Carolina legislature passed a coronavirus relief act providing for $335 Extra Credit Grant payments to North Carolina residents meant to offset the costs of virtual learning for their children during the pandemic. According to the act, most North Carolina households with children will automatically receive checks for $335 from the state this fall if they filed a state tax return by the October 15 deadline and met the other program eligibility requirements. Checks are in the process of being mailed and should be received on or before December 15.

Other individuals who were not required to file a state tax return had until October 15 to visit the North Carolina Department of Revenue website and complete an online Extra Credit Grant application or print and mail the application to the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Application Deadline for Extra Credit Grant Extended for Some Low-Income Families

As the result of litigation brought by Robinson Bradshaw on behalf of Legal Aid of North Carolina, the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and several low-income families, on November 6, 2020, a court entered an order that reopened and extended the application period for eligible individuals to apply for the $335 Extra Credit Grant. These individuals may apply for the grant through December 7, 2020. The system to apply for $335 Extra Credit Grant will be ready soon. Sign up here for email updates when the application is ready and visit this page frequently for updates!

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Eligibility Requirements

  • An applicant must not have filed a 2019 state tax return solely because the individual’s gross income for the 2019 taxable year did not exceed the state filing requirements for the individual’s filing status (generally $10,000 per year if single and $20,000 per year if married).
  • An applicant must have met the all other requirements referenced in the law, including having at least one qualifying child age 16 or under for the 2019 calendar year and have been a North Carolina resident for all of the 2019 calendar year.  

Here are answers to frequently asked questions regarding the payments:

My spouse and I live together, can we each receive a $335 payment?

No. The grant is limited to one check for each household.

Do I receive a payment per child?

No. This is a one-time payment per eligible individual/household. If you have more than one child, you will still only receive one $335 Extra Credit Grant.

When will I receive my $335 payment?

The North Carolina Department of Revenue will send $335 Extra Credit Grants to all eligible applicants as soon as possible. 

Do I need to apply again if I already applied?

No. Only individuals who did not previously apply may submit an application during the extended application period. Eligible individuals who have already submitted an application will receive a check in the coming weeks.  

How do I get help?

If you have not already applied for an Extra Credit Grant and are eligible, sign up here for email updates. We will let you know when the application is ready. Be sure to visit this page frequently for updates!

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If you have remaining questions or run into problems with the email form or application, contact us at (preferred) or call us at 1-888-301-1555 for assistance.