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Award InformationFinancial Aid

Federal and State Awards

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. Lifetime Eligibility Used (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 NCCCG, NCELS, 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

Academic Programs Eligible for Federal/State Aid

Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements

How to Order Books Online

Pay Schedule

Semester File Completion Date Pay Date*
Fall 2017 Aug. 30 Sep. 21
Sep. 28 Oct. 19
Nov. 1 Nov. 16
Nov. 29 Dec. 11
Spring 2018 Jan. 23 Feb. 15
Feb. 26 March 15
April 5 April 19
April 19 April 27
Summer 2018 May 21 June 12
June 11 June 25
July 9 July 18
Fall 2018 Aug. 30 Sep. 25
Sep. 27 Oct. 17
Oct. 30 Nov. 14
Dec. 4 Dec. 14
Spring 2019 Jan. 29 Feb. 20
Feb. 25 March 13
March 28 April 15
April 22 April 29

Students who are approved for financial assistance for fall 2018 should register for all classes they plan to take, regardless of the session offered, no later than Aug. 29, 2018. Classes added after the semester’s census date won’t be included to calculate financial aid awards.

*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)

2017 – 2018
Tuition (12 credit hours, fall and spring semesters) $2,076
Fees (full-time, fall and spring semesters) $147
Books and supplies $1,049
Miscellaneous $1,067

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).

Enrollment Status

Status Hours
Full-time plus 15 credit hours or more
(North Carolina Community College grant 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)