Next NC Scholarship could cover tuition and fees for Gaston students

The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA) has announced the new Next NC Scholarship, which could cover the full cost of tuition and fees for students at Gaston College or any of the other state’s community colleges. The scholarship is available to students who enroll for the 2024-2025 academic year, and is awarded to those who qualify after completing the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA).

Eligible community college students will receive at least $3,000 per year. Students who plan to attend Gaston College are encouraged to complete the FAFSA by August 15, 2024, in order to receive all of the Next NC Scholarship funds for which they are eligible. The application for the 2024-2025 year is now open.

To receive the Next NC Scholarship, you must be:

  • A North Carolina resident who is eligible for in-state tuition
  • A high school graduate (high school equivalency completers are eligible)
  • From a household with an annual Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $80,000 or less
  • Enrolled in an eligible undergraduate curriculum program for the 2024-2025 academic year
  • Taking at least 6 credit hours per semester (part-time students will receive a partial award)
  • Meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards of the school you plan to attend
  • A student who has completed the 2024-2025 FAFSA, with a resulting Student Aid Index (SAI) at or below 7,500 (once complete, the financial aid office at the college/university you plan to attend will determine and confirm eligibility.)

Find more info about the scholarship and eligibility at

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