North Carolina Community College Grant


If you do not establish North Carolina residency on RDS, your State Grant awards will be void!

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North Carolina Community College Grant
Facts: Requirements:
  • Gift Aid (does not have to be repaid)
  • Funded by the State of North Carolina
  • Awards determined by the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority, through College Foundation, Inc.
  • Eligible students are allowed to receive for eight semesters or equivalent.
  • The student’s most recent ISIR and the ISIR on which the grant is being awarded reflect NC residency AND
  • There is a current RDS determination of NC resident, OR
  • The student has been continuously enrolled since being determined an NC resident by RDS, or by the school for determinations that took place prior to RDS implementation.
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be a North Carolina resident
  • Enroll at least half-time (six credit hours)
  • Enroll in an eligible program.
  • Hold a High School Diploma or GED Certificate
  • Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements and the Federal Pell eligibility requirements except for the EFC requirement established by the federal government.
How to Apply:
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • List a North Carolina Community College as one of the top three choices of institutions.
  • If you are applying for Fall 2016, Spring 2017 or Summer 2017 complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA form. If you are applying for Fall 2017, Spring 2018 or Summer 2018 complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA form. The North Carolina Community College Grant is not awarded for Summer terms; only Fall and Spring if eligible.

NEW beginning in 2016-2017, NCCCG has defined an additional enrollment status in order to comply with new legislation passed by the NC General Assembly requiring state grant program payment schedules to encourage students to take a minimum of 30 hours per year (15 hours per semester).  The full-time plus payment for 2016-2017 is a set amount of $400 over the full-time amount for the year ($200 for Fall, $200 for Spring).

North Carolina Community College Grant awards are awarded based on full-time plus enrollment (15 credit hours or more). In order for students to receive the full award amount listed on their Award Letter (students can view their Financial Aid Award Letter through their MyCollege account), students should take 15 credit hours per semester. Students who decide to take less than 15 credit hours will have their N.C. Community College Grant award reduced as shown in the chart below:

Credit Hours

%  N.C. Community College Grant

15+ (Full-Time Plus)

100% + $200 (Shown on Award Letter)

12-14 (Full-Time)







0 %*

* Students are required to be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours to receive the award.

Students may also refer to the 2017-2018 North Carolina State Grant Payment Schedule.