Grants

A grant is a type of financial aid based on financial need (or other eligibility requirements) that you may not have to repay.

Unlike loans, grants usually do not have to be repaid. However, there are two reasons why part of a federal grant may have to be repaid:

  1. The amount given was more than the student was eligible to receive. Errors can occur if the student submits the wrong information (electronically or on paper) or because the information that the student wrote on the FAFSA or SAR was not scanned or entered correctly at the  processor. In general, the school must have correct data before it can pay the student. Additionally, any subsequent corrections to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can result in correcting an award.
  2. A student withdrew early from the program for which the grant was given. Eligibility for Title IV Federal financial aid may be restored by entering into an acceptable repayment plan with the Department of Education. As long as payments are made as agreed, the grant-originated debt does not affect eligibility for further aid. However, if students fail to make the agreed-upon payments, their eligibility is permanently lost until the debt is paid in full.

Grant over-payment debts are not eligible for either consolidation or rehabilitation.

Grants Available

  • Federal Pell Grants

    Pell Grant facts:

    • gift aid (does not have to be repaid)
    • funded by the federal government
    • ranges from a minimum of $326 per semester ($652 per year) to $3,047 per semester ($6,095 per year)
    • awarded fall and spring semesters*
    • award letters are emailed containing full-time award
    • supplements other aid
    • a maximum grant for fall 2018 semester is awarded as follows:
      • 12 credit hours: $3,048
      • 9 — 11 credit hours: $2,286
      • 6 — 8 credit hours: $1,524
      • 1 — 5 credit hours: $762

    If you are not receiving a full Pell grant, you can calculate your amount by taking ¾ of your total Pell for 9 – 11 credit hours, ½, of your total Pell for 6 – 8 credit hours, or ¼ of your total Pell semester award for 1 – 5 credit hours.

    Year-Round Pell Grants

    An eligible student may now receive a full Federal Pell Grant for summer 2019 even if they received a full Federal Pell Grant during the fall and spring semesters. Year-round Pell (video) allows students to receive up to 150 percent of a regular grant award over the course of the academic year so that they can continue taking classes in the summer and finish their degrees faster than they would otherwise. With careful planning, Pell Grant recipients may take advantage of this new regulation to earn their degree faster.

    Note: The provisions of the new law state that any Pell Grant received will be included in determining the student’s Pell Grant duration of eligibility and Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU). To be eligible for additional Pell Grant funds:

    • student must be otherwise eligible to receive Pell Grant funds for the payment period
    • student must be enrolled at least half-time in the payment period(s) (6 credit hours) during the summer term
    • student must be maintaining satisfactory academic progress

    Pell Grant requirements:

    • demonstrated financial need
    • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
    • hold a high school diploma or GED certificate
    • be enrolled for 1 credit minimum in an eligible program consisting of at least 16 hours
    • NOT have a bachelor's degree
    • make Satisfactory Academic Progress

    Lifetime Pell Grant eligibility:

    The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds you may receive over your lifetime is limited by a new federal law to be the equivalent of six years of Pell Grant funding. Since the maximum amount of Pell Grant funding you can receive each year is equal to 100%, the six-year equivalent is 600%.

    The maximum of Federal Pell Grant funding you can receive is calculated for an award year.  An award year is a period from July 1 of one calendar year to June 30 of the next calendar year.  Your scheduled award represents 100% of your Pell Grant eligibility for that award year if you are enrolled full-time.

    To determine how much of the maximum six years (600%) of Pell Grant you have used each year, the U.S. Department of Education compares the actual amount you received for the award year with your scheduled award amount for that award year. Of course, if you receive the full amount of your scheduled award, you will have used 100%. It is possible that you might not receive your entire scheduled award for an award year. There are a number of reasons for this, the most common of which are that you are not enrolled for the full year or that you are not enrolled full-time, or both.

    If you did not receive the full amount of your scheduled award, we calculate the percentage of the scheduled award that you did receive. For example, if your scheduled award for an award year is $5,000, but because you were enrolled for only one semester you received only $2,500, you would have received 50% of the scheduled award for that award year. Or if you received only $3,750 for the award year because you were enrolled three-quarter-time and not full-time, you would have received 75% for that year.

    Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU): The U.S. Department of Education keeps track of your lifetime eligibility used by adding together the percentages of your Pell Grant scheduled awards that you received for each award year. Since the maximum amount of Pell Grant funding you can receive each year is equal to 100%, the six-year-equivalent is 600%. If your lifetime eligibility used equals or exceeds 600%, you may no longer receive Pell Grant funding. Similarly, if your lifetime eligibility used is greater than 500% but less than 600%, while you will be eligible for a Pell Grant for the next award year, you will not be able to receive a full scheduled award.

    You can log in to National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®) using your FSA ID and view your lifetime eligibility used. The lifetime eligibility used will be found on the Financial Aid Review page.

    How to apply for a Pell Grant:

    • apply to the college and be admitted to an eligible program of study
    • if you are applying for fall, spring, or summer, complete the FAFSA
    • complete your financial aid file (check priority dates)

    If students do not enroll or choose to attend less-than-full-time, unused funds from that semester can be awarded in summer up to the student's eligibility amount.

    Pell Grants for Dependents of Veterans

    The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 grants an automatic zero EFC for the Pell Grant Program ONLY to Pell Grant eligible students whose parent or guardian was a member of the Armed Forces and died in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001.

    A student must have been twenty-four years of age or less or enrolled at least part-time at an institution at the time of the parent's death. Legislators do not believe that this should be an additional question on the FAFSA, rather the Secretaries of Defense and Veterans Affairs should provide the Secretary of Education with the information necessary to determine which students meet the requirement. Because the question is not on the FAFSA, students will need to notify the Financial Aid Office concerning their eligibility for this additional benefit.

  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

    Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) facts:

    • gift aid (does not have to be repaid)
    • funded by the federal government
    • priority given to Federal Pell Grant recipients
    • administered directly by Central Piedmont's Financial Aid/Veteran's Affairs Educational Benefits Office
    • the amount of aid awarded depends on the student's financial need, or the amount of other aid the student receives, and on the availability of funds
    • FSEOG is awarded in the fall and spring semesters only

    Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) requirements:

    • be eligible for a Pell Grant
    • demonstrated financial need
    • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
    • hold a high school diploma or GED certificate
    • be enrolled in an eligible program
    • NOT have a bachelor's degree
    • make Satisfactory Academic Progress

    How to apply for the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG):

  • Federal Work-Study (FWS) and America Reads/America Counts

    Federal Work Study facts:

    • provides part-time employment, allowing recipients to earn a portion of education expenses
    • funded by the federal government
    • provides an average of 15-20 hours/week of work
    • available to undergraduate and graduate (including bachelor's) students enrolled at least half-time
    • depends on total federal Work Study award, class schedule, and academic progress
    • awarded federal Work Study funds are limited by availability of positions, funds, and completion of the interview process
    • there are no term limitations on earnings, provided annual limits on the student's award letter are not exceeded
    • students are paid on the 15th of each month, according to the position and the number of hours worked

    Federal Work Study Requirements:

    The Federal Work-Study program has been re-engineered to provide a seamless process for searching and applying for vacant positions at Central Piedmont campuses. The following changes have been made and should be used when applying for Federal Work-Study employment. Please be reminded that all interested students should first qualify or be eligible to be considered for any vacant federal Work Study positions advertised by complying with the following eligibility criteria for the Federal Work-Study program:

    • demonstrate financial need by the completing the FAFSA
    • be enrolled at least 6 credit hours in an eligible program (for summer, be enrolled in at least one class and demonstrate financial need)
    • hold a high school diploma or GED certificate
    • maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA
    • make Satisfactory Academic Progress
    • possess skills required for position
    • NOT be in default on a federal loan
    • complete the following documents:  

    How to apply:

    • apply to the college and be admitted to an eligible program of study
    • if you are applying for fall, spring, or summer, complete the FAFSA
    • complete your financial aid file (check priority dates)
    • after your financial aid file is complete and you have been accepted to the college, view our current work study job openings

    Work Study position application process:

    The application process for those eligible students interested in the federal Work Study program has changed from the previous manual or paper application process to the online application available through the Central Piedmont Human Resource website. In order to complete an application for part-time employment for the federal Work Study program, students are asked to create an account to search or apply for a job on the Central Piedmont HR website.

    All vacant federal Work Study positions will be advertised on the Central Piedmont Human Resources website:

    • select the link titled "Full-Time and Part-Time Career Opportunities" in order to view a complete listing of part-time positions available to eligible students under the Federal Work-Study program
    • click on  “Career Opportunities – Full-Time and Part-Time Career Opportunities"
    • go to “Search Jobs”
    • select from Drop Down:
      • Classified
      • Part-Time
      • Campus  [Where You Want to Work]
      • Click Search
    • click on the position that you want to apply
    • if you are interested in multiple positions, please apply for each one
    • view the functions and job duties of the position; if interested in the position, click on Apply Now

    If you meet all qualifications, including required skills, GPA, need, etc. and are selected for an interview, a federal Work Study supervisor will contact you. If you are recommended for a position:

    • the supervisor will notify the Financial Aid Office
    • an email will be sent to you providing links to New Hire Forms to be completed before you begin working
    • you will need to contact HR to schedule a New Hire appointment
    • you will need to meet with HR to submit your completed forms
    • complete forms under “Part-Time” Employment Forms”
    • a background check will be conducted
    • you will be notified of your start date by the Work Study supervisor
    • you will sign a Work Study Authorization Form

    For more information about these programs, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

    Federal America Reads/America Counts

    The America Reads/America Counts Grant is a federal work-study program that allows you to earn a portion of education expenses and provides work/service experience as reading (America Reads) or math/science (America counts) tutors for individual children and other classroom support.

    America Reads/America Counts requirements:

    • demonstrated financial need
    • be enrolled at least 6 credit hours in an eligible program
    • hold a high school diploma or GED certificate
    • maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA
    • make Satisfactory Academic Progress
    • must have completed at least 12 credit hours of coursework at Central Piedmont prior to the eligibility review period (the America Reads eligibility review period is normally prior to the start of the fall semester)
    • possess skills required for position
    • NOT be in default on a federal loan

    How to apply for the America Reads/America Counts program:

    • apply to the college and be admitted to an eligible program of study
    • if you are applying for fall, spring, or summer, complete the FAFSA
    • if you meet all qualifications, including required skills, GPA, need, etc., you will be notified by mail prior to the start of the fall semester if you have been selected for consideration for the America Reads/Counts programs
  • North Carolina Community College Grant (NCCCG)

    North Carolina Community College Grant (NCCCG) facts:

    • 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
    • not awarded for summer terms; only fall and spring are eligible

    North Carolina Community College Grant (NCCCG) requirements:

    • the student’s most recent ISIR and the ISIR on which the grant is being awarded reflect NC residency
    • 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
    • demonstrated 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 Grant eligibility requirements, except for the EFC requirement established by the federal government

    How to apply for the North Carolina Community College Grant (NCCCG):

    • complete the FAFSA
    • list a North Carolina Community College as one of the top three choices of institutions

    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 NC Community College Grant award reduced:

    • 15+ (full-time plus): 100% + $400 (shown on award letter)
    • 12-14 (full-Time): 100%
    • 9 — 11: 75%
    • 6 — 8: 50%
    • 1 — 5: 0 %*

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

  • North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship (NCELS)

    North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship (NCELS) facts:

    • 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.
    • eligible students are allowed to receive for eight semesters or equivalent
    • not awarded for summer terms; only fall and spring are eligible

    North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship (NCELS) requirements:

    • the student’s most recent ISIR and the ISIR on which the grant is being awarded reflect NC residency
    • 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
    • enroll for at least six credit hours per semester in a eligible program
    • hold a high school diploma or GED certificate
    • 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, Community College campuses, Independent College campuses, and certain other private colleges)
    • eligibility is determined based on the same criteria as the Federal Pell Grant with one exception:
      • students with an expected family contribution of 5000 or less may be eligible for the North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship
    • students who have earned baccalaureate (four-year) college degrees are ineligible
    • students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) between 1901 to 5000 are eligible

    If you do not establish North Carolina residency, your state grant awards will be void! Complete your residency determination.

    How to apply for the North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship (NCELS):

Grants for Dependents of Veterans

  • Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants

    The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants are for students whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of performing military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11.

    • must be ineligible for a Federal Pell Grant due only to having less financial need than is required to receive Pell funds
    • must have been less than 24 years old or enrolled at least part-time at an institution of higher education at the time of the parent or guardian’s death
    • the grant award is equal to the amount of a maximum Federal Pell Grant for the award year but cannot exceed your cost of attendance for that award year