Effective for the 2012 – 2013 academic year, students will be eligible to receive the Federal Pell Grant for a maximum of 12 semesters (or its equivalent of 600 percent). Since the maximum amount of Pell Grant funding a student can receive each year is equal to 100 percent, the six-year equivalent is 600 percent. The Department of Education keeps track of your Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) by adding together the percentages of your Pell Grant scheduled awards that you’ve received for each award year. LEU includes Pell Grants received from any college at any point since the program was established.
Effective for the 2012 – 2013 academic year, any students who receive the North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship (NCELS) and/or the North Carolina Community College Grant (NCCCG), and withdraw prior to completing 35 percent of the semester, will be required to repay a portion of these funds.
Effective for the 2014 – 2015 academic year, and retroactive to the 2008 – 2009 award year, there will be a state limit of 10 semesters or 15 trimesters across the North Carolina Community College Grant (NCCCG), North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship, The University of North Carolina Need-Based Grant and the North Carolina Need-Based Scholarship. Each grant is also limited to 10 semesters individually, except for the NCCCG, which is limited to six semesters.
Other Important Information
- Full-time plus: 15 credit hours or more (NCCCG only).
- Full-time: 12 credit hours or more.
- Three-quarter-time: nine to 11 credit hours.
- Half-time: six to eight credit hours.
- Less than half-time: five credit hours or less. State grants are not available to students at this enrollment status.
Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) and Cosmetology are considered clock-hour programs. Financial aid students enrolled in these programs will need to successfully complete the clock hours and weeks of instructional time in a payment period in order to progress to the next payment period.
For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office.