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The following scholarships and scholarship/loan programs are offered through the State Of North Carolina. Additional information may be found at College Foundation of North Carolina.


N.C. Community College Grant (NCCC Grant) - The North Carolina Legislature has established a need-based grant to help meet the educational costs of North Carolina residents attending a community college. Eligibility is based on the same criteria as the Federal Pell Grant; students not eligible for the Federal Pell Grant may be considered for the NCCC grant based on their estimated family contribution as determined on the Student Aid Report. Eligible students must be enrolled for at least six (6) credit hours per semester in a curriculum program. Applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is used to also qualify for Federal Pell Grant.  Annual awards will vary based on financial need and enrollment status.

N.C. Education Lottery Grant (NCELS) – The North Carolina Lottery Scholarship (NCELS) was created to provide financial assistance to needy N.C. resident students attending eligible colleges and universities located within N.C., (UNC campuses, community colleges, independent colleges, and certain private colleges). Eligible students must be a N.C. resident for tuition purposes; be enrolled at least six (6) credit hours in a curriculum program; meet satisfactory academic progress requirements of the institution; be admitted, enrolled and classified as an undergraduate student in a degree, diploma or certificate program. *Note: Students who have earned a baccalaureate (four-year) degree are NOT eligible.

NC Forgivable Educational Loans For Service (FELS) The FELS Program was established by the North Carolina General Assembly to provide assistance to qualified who are committed to working in North Carolina in designated critical employment shortage professions. Current shortage areas include teaching, allied health, nursing and medicine. Students interested in receiving assistance through the FELS Program should read the loan forgiveness eligibility requirements for the educational programs the FELS Program Rules prior to submitting an application. Students who do not fulfill the service requirements must repay the loan in cash, plus interest that begins to accrue upon disbursement of the loan. Additional information and program applications may be found at The application deadline is April 1 prior to the beginning of the school year beginning in August.

NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Many states offer educational assistance to students who have a significant disability. A North Carolina student should contact the Vocational Rehabilitation Division of the Department of Health and Human Services, Raleigh, N.C., or in the student's local community. A student from another state should contact his local Vocational Rehabilitation counselor.


“Financial Aid for North Carolinians” is a guide published by the NC State Education Assistance Authority providing information on the various financial aid resources available to North Carolinians.  Click here to open the document (Adobe Reader required). 


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