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Federal Awards

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.

State Awards

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.

General Information

Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements

Academic Programs Eligible for Federal/State Aid

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Pay Schedule

Term File Completion Date Pay Date*
Fall 2016 Sep. 1 Sep. 22
Sep. 29 Oct. 18
Oct. 17 Oct. 27
Oct. 28 Nov. 14
Nov. 10 Nov. 22
Dec. 1 Dec. 7
Spring 2017 Jan. 23 Feb. 17
Feb. 20 March 10
March 13 March 27
March 30 April 13
April 12 April 27
April 28 May 5

*All checks will be mailed to students. Pay dates are subject to change. Attendance will be verified before any type of Financial Aid check will be issued.

Cost of Attendance

Each institution determines its own cost of attendance or budget. This includes both direct educational costs (such as tuition, fees, books and supplies) as well as living costs (room and board, transportation and personal expenses). Financial aid can be applied toward direct educational costs as well as living costs.

Estimated College Cost (Nine Months)

2016 – 2017

Tuition (12 credit hours, fall and spring semesters) $2,080
Fees (Full-time fall and spring semesters) $147
Books and Supplies $1,037
Miscellaneous $1,054

Other costs may vary upon dependency status. Contact the Financial Aid Office at 252-335-0821 ext. 2355 for additional information.

Students: Withdrawing from a class may affect your Federal Student Aid eligibility for future terms of enrollment. All students are advised to seek guidance from the Financial Aid Office prior to withdrawing from any class(es).

All students who are approved for financial assistance for Summer 2017 should register for all classes they plan to take, regardless of the session offered, no later than May 16, 2017. Classes added after the term’s census date will not be included to calculate financial aid awards.

Term File Completion Date Pay Date*
Summer 2017 May 22 June 13
June 26 July 13
July 12 July 24

*All checks will be mailed to students. Pay dates are subject to change. Attendance will be verified before any type of Financial Aid check will be issued.

Cost of Attendance

Each institution determines its own cost of attendance or budget. This includes both direct educational costs (such as tuition, fees, books and supplies) as well as living costs (room and board, transportation and personal expenses). Financial aid can be applied toward direct educational costs as well as living costs.

Estimated College Costs (Nine Months)

2016 – 2017

Tuition (12 credit hours, fall and spring semesters) $2,080
Fees (Full-time, fall and spring semesters) $147
Books and Supplies $1,037
Miscellaneous $1,054

Other costs may vary upon dependency status. Contact the Financial Aid Office at 252-335-0821 ext. 2355 for additional information.

Students: Withdrawing from a class may affect your Federal Student Aid eligibility for future terms of enrollment. All students are advised to seek guidance from the Financial Aid Office prior to withdrawing from any class(es).

Other Important Information

Enrollment Status

  • 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.

Clock­-Hour Programs

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.