Grants

Grants are awards that are not repaid. Only undergraduates who have not previously received a bachelor's degree are eligible. Federal and State Grants are the types of grants available for students. The Federal Government offers grants for students who are eligible. To apply a student must complete a FAFSA. North Carolina residents are eligible for grants through the state. To apply a student must complete a FAFSA. North Carolina does not have a deadline date to apply, however you are encouraged to apply early for best consideration of funding.

Federal Grants

Federal Pell Grant is based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is calculated by the Department of Education based on the information listed on the FAFSA form, the number of credit hours per semester and your cost of attendance. There are no appeals or exceptions to the life-time eligibility Pell Grant rule. Students who have already earned a bachelor, master, or professional degree are not eligible for the Federal Pell Grant.
 

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) This is a federal grant for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. Students with the most financial need receive priority for this grant. FSEOG awards range from $100 and $4,000 a year, depending on your financial need, when you apply, the amount of other aid you get, and the availability of funds.

To be eligible for an FSEOG, you must meet these requirements each academic year:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form by January 1 priority deadline
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • Enrolled in at least six credit hours per term
  • Have a zero ($0) Expected Family Contribution (EFC), as determined by the FAFSA
  • Have not previously received a bachelor's degree or higher
  • Must not owe a repayment or be in default under any state or federal grant or loan program
  • Must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress

Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH) - The TEACH grant is awarded to students who intend to teach in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. Eligible students may receive up to $4,000 per year.

To be eligible for a TEACH Grant, you must meet these requirements each academic year:

  • Meet the basic eligibility criteria for the federal student aid programs.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, or graduate student at a school that participates in the TEACH Grant Program. 
  • Be enrolled in a TEACH-Grant-eligible program.
  • Meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on one or more portions of a college admissions test or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25). For specific information about the academic requirements, talk to the financial aid office at your college or career school.
  • Receive TEACH Grant counseling that explains the terms and conditions of the TEACH Grant service obligation. You must complete counseling each year that you receive a TEACH Grant.
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve.
As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve in which you agree to (among other requirements) teach:
  • in a high-need field; 
  • at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families; and 
  • for at least four complete academic years within eight years after completing (or ceasing enrollment in) the course of study for which you received the grant.

State Grants

North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship (ELS) -  The North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship (ELS) was created by the 2005 General Assembly to provide financial assistance to needy North Carolina resident students attending eligible colleges and universities located within the state of North Carolina.

To be eligible for a North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship (ELS), you must meet these requirements each academic year:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form
  • Be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes
  • Enroll for at least six credit hours per semester in a curriculum program
  • Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements of the institution
  • Be admitted, enrolled and classified as an undergraduate student in matriculated status in a degree, certificate or diploma program at an eligible North Carolina institution (UNC campuses and NC Community College campuses)

Eligibility is determined based on the same criteria as the Federal Pell Grant with one exception; students not eligible for the Federal Pell Grant with an expected family contribution of $5000 or less will be eligible for an Education Lottery Scholarship. Students who have earned baccalaureate (four-year) college degrees are ineligible.

Grants in 2015-16 will range from $100 to $3,000 for the year. This award is determined by the state of North Carolina.

University of North Carolina Need Based Grant (UNCIG) - The University of North Carolina Need Based Grant  - Grants available for eligible students attending one of the 16 campuses of the University of North Carolina. Eligibility is determined based on need. This award is determined by the state of North Carolina. 

 To be eligible for a The University of North Carolina Need Based Grant, you must meet these requirements each academic year:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form
  • List one of the 16 campuses of the University of North Carolina
  • Meet the priority deadline established by the institution of choice
  • Have not previously received a bachelor's degree or higher
  • Enroll for at least six credit hours per semester in a curriculum program

Information on additional funds for NC students visit College Foundation of North Carolina.

Non NC Resident

DC Tuition Assistance Grant expands higher education choices for college-bound Washington DC residents by providing grants of up to $10,000 toward the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition at public four-year colleges and universities throughout the US, Guam and Puerto Rico.

DC College Access Program is a last dollar awards, for up to $2,000 per year for five years.  The awards are based on unmet need and are designed to close the financial need gap between the students' resources, financial aid and the actual college expenses.

Maryland Higher Education Commission is the coordinating board responsible for administering state financial aid programs for residents of Maryland.