Frequently Asked Questions About the Beaufort Promise

BCCC is FREE through 2023! We will cover all tuition and fees for students through the Spring 2023 semester. The Beaufort Promise program uses a combination of existing and new federal and state programs to pay for college credit classes as well as initial certification classes through the Division of Continuing Education. What will you do with free college? You make a plan; we make a promise.

What fees are covered by the Beaufort Promise program?

Only tuition and fees are covered. Textbooks and cost of attendance (housing, transportation, etc.) are not covered by the program. The Beaufort Promise is non-refundable and not retroactive. Students who qualify for Pell Grants (Financial Aid) can use those funds to cover costs such as textbooks. Students can also apply for internal and external scholarships, as well as child care assistance.

What programs are covered by the Beaufort Promise?

All programs through our Division of Nursing and Allied Health, Division of Arts and Sciences, and Division of Business, Industry and Public Services are covered. Initial certification programs through the Division of Continuing Education such as Nurse Aide I, CDL Truck Driving, Manicuring, HVAC Technician, Phlebotomy, Real Estate Pre-License and other 50+ hour programs are covered.

Who qualifies for the Beaufort Promise?

Students do not have to be residents of BCCC’s service area. Students with a bachelor's degree or higher are eligible. Students who have a FASFA on file with another institution and are receiving federal and/or state aid at that institution are not eligible for the program.

The Beaufort Promise is a “last dollar” program, meaning that the College will exhaust all other available funding first. Financial Aid and other college staff will help students sort through what funding they are eligible for.

To read the official procedure in its entirety, click here.

When does the program start and end?

The program covers the Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, and Spring 2023 semesters. It does not cover the Summer 2022 semester. It went into effect July 1, 2021, and ends on May 16, 2023.

Do I have to be full-time?

No. Part-time students and students taking a single class for transfer qualify.

What if I start taking classes, but I cannot complete my degree before Spring 2023?

Funding is only guaranteed through the Spring 2023 semester. Students may still be eligible for other financial aid, but BCCC urges students to take advantage of this opportunity immediately while funding is still guaranteed.

Free college sounds nice, but I need other resources to attend.

The College can help connect qualifying students to resources like laptops, printing, internet access, tutoring, and transportation through TRIO Student Support Services and other local resources. The BCCC Foundation offers additional scholarships that can cover the cost of textbooks for qualifying students.

How do I apply?

Students working towards an associate degree or transferring to a university will fill out a FAFSA through the Financial Aid Office. Contact the BCCC Financial Aid Office at 252-940-6222 for credit courses.

Steps to apply & enroll:

  1. Fill out residency determination
  2. Apply for admission
  3. Fill out a FAFSA
  4. Complete the Beaufort Promise Authorization Form
  5. Enroll for classes through the Advising Center during the summer or through your advisor during other times of the year.

Students enrolling in workforce development programs will fill out the financial assistance application through the Division of Continuing Education. Contact the Division of Continuing Education at 252-940-6375 for non-credit courses.

Where is this money coming from?

The Beaufort Promise is made possible by new funding from the North Carolina Longleaf Commitment, the American Rescue Plan, as well as existing funding for Career & College Promise, Pell Grants (Title IV funds), NC Works, State Employees Credit Union, and the Golden LEAF Foundation and the BCCC Foundation.