Apply now for spring 2021. Registration is going on now!
Whether you want to start your journey to a four-year degree; are home from a university and looking for more personal, lower-cost classes that are guaranteed to transfer; or have decided it’s time to go from having a “job” to building a “career,” College of The Albemarle (COA) is the right choice for you. Let us tell you why!
A typical three-credit class at a UNC school costs $623: at COA you pay just $228 — that’s almost $400 less. Savings like that can help you avoid the mountains of student debt you could be paying on for years. Read more about costs and paying for college.
Guaranteed Credit Transfer
All approved credits — which is most of our general education classes — are guaranteed to transfer to all 16 UNC schools and many private colleges. Plus, smaller classes mean you’ll get more personalized attention from your professor. Learn more about transfer credits.
To keep students safe from COVID-19, we’ve moved most of our spring classes online — but, that doesn’t mean you’re on your own. While some classes can be completed when it’s convenient for you, many are “synchronous” — meaning you log on at the specified class times and learn from a professor teaching in real-time. You can ask questions, collaborate with classmates and get immediate feedback. Check out spring classes.
Keep in mind some courses retain face-to-face classroom components, such as laboratory sessions, and programs requiring hands-on instruction are still held on campus.
$350,000 in Scholarships
In addition to state and federal financial aid, each year the COA Foundation awards students more than $350,000 in scholarships — and they still have more available. Apply by filling out just one application.
Have you filled out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? Start by completing the FAFSA — it’s the first step for all financial aid, including scholarships. Be sure to fill out the 2020-2021 FAFSA for spring and summer classes and the 2021-2022 FAFSA for classes beginning next fall.
Graduate Career Ready
From Aviation Systems Technology and Emergency Medical Science to Information Technology and Welding, COA has Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs that can get you qualified for a great paying, in-demand career in two years or less. Explore CTE programs.
COA is committed to ensuring that you have the necessary support during your educational journey. Learn about some of our services:
- Career counseling
- Interview workshops
- Resume writing workshops
Financial Aid Office
If you need money to pay for classes, COA can help you apply for grants, scholarships, campus employment, or a combination of these.
COA Cares is a program created in partnership with the COA community. COA provides support and resources to help ensure success on your path to graduation and as you enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year institution.
COA Cares helps by:
- Maintaining on-site food pantries accessible from our four campuses
- Stocking a Career Closet for interviews and other employment needs
- Coordinating internal and external referral services
- Providing school supplies
- Offering a daycare assistance program
- Assessment and counseling
- Legal services
- Financial services
- Online and confidential
For more information about the Student Assistance Program, call 800-633-3353 or visit mygroup.com, click on My Portal Login, Work-Life.
COA also offers access to Aviso’s community resource guide.