- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have financial need;
- Have a high school diploma from a regionally accredited high school, a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or a passing mark on an independently administered test approved by the U.S. Department of Education;
- Be enrolled as a regular student working toward a degree, diploma, or approved certificate in an eligible program.
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
- Have a valid Social Security Number;
- Make satisfactory academic progress.
Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant program is designed to provide financial assistance to those who need it. The amount of the Federal Pell Grant is determined on the basis of your and your family’s financial resources and the expected family contribution as provided by your FAFSA.
The Federal Pell Grant Award is a grant and does not have to be repaid as long as students maintain eligibility requirements for federally supported programs and attend classes through the 60% point of the semester.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
This grant is for students with exceptional financial need who, without the grants, would be unable to continue their education. You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
North Carolina Community College Grant
The North Carolina Community College Grant is a need-based grant established by the NC Legislature to provide funds to help meet the educational costs of North Carolina residents attending community colleges. Legal residents of North Carolina who are enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours) in an eligible program and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress may apply. You must demonstrate financial need based on your FAFSA. Students with a bachelor’s degree are ineligible. NC Community College Grants are not available for summer sessions.
North Carolina Community College Less Than Half Time Grant
The State Board of Community Colleges allocates funds yearly to each college to provide need-based assistance to students enrolled less than half time in diploma or associate degree programs. You must be enrolled less than half time and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by your FAFSA between 801 through 4000 to be eligible for these funds.
North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship
The North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship program was created by the General 2005 Assembly to provide assistance to needy students attending eligible colleges and universities located within the state. Legal residents of North Carolina who are enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours) in an eligible program and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress will be considered on the basis of the FAFSA. Students with a bachelor’s degree are ineligible. NC Education Lottery Scholarships are not available for summer sessions.
Forgivable Education Loans for Service (FELS)
This forgivable-loan was established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2011, and provides financial assistance to qualified students who are committed to working in North Carolina in fields designated as critical employment shortage areas. Students must be a legal North Carolina resident and NC resident for tuition purposes, present a minimum GPA of 2.80 (at the time of application), register with selective service; if required, must not be in default (or does not owe a refund) under any federal or state loan or grant program, must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (according to the enrolling policy of the institution), and be willing to work in NC in a designated critical employment area. To apply, visit www.cfnc.org/FELS.