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Types of Aid

Find Help Paying for Classes

At College of The Albemarle (COA), we can assist you in finding aid to help pay for classes. Contact our Financial Aid Office for more information.

COA Foundation awards more than $200,000 annually in private scholarships.

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COA participates in several federal and state financial aid programs such as the Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and North Carolina Community College Grant.

Find out if you’re eligible.

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program provides opportunities for eligible students to be placed in part-time jobs that accommodate their academic schedules. FWS positions are available in numerous departments throughout COA.

Read more about these programs

Veterans Affairs (VA) Educational Benefits

Military servicemembers and veterans are invited to take advantage of the student services and educational programs offered by COA. COA cooperates with the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA Regional Processing Office, Decatur, Georgia) and the North Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs in assisting veterans and their dependents.

Veterans Benefits

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Benefits

WIOA can provide qualified individuals with funding for approved training programs that will lead to long-term employment. WIOA is a program, funded by the federal government, with the goal of assisting low- to no-income adults and dislocated workers who are enrolled or who wish to enroll in occupational training through COA. These funds may be used for registration fees, books, tools, required supplies, and supportive services such as transportation costs and childcare.

Eligibility Requirements

  • At least 18 years of age.
  • U.S. citizen.
  • No or low income.


Men must be in compliance with Section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act regarding registration requirements.

Dislocated Workers

Dislocated workers are people who have been terminated or laid off, have received notice of termination or layoff, are self-employed but unemployed as a result of general economic conditions in the community or because of natural disaster, or are displaced homemakers.


In order to receive assistance with tuition, books and other registration fees, you must be fully enrolled in the WIOA program before the class start date. Depending on how quickly you provide the required documentation, the WIOA enrollment process can take up to 10 business days.


Please contact your local NCWorks Career Center or Workforce Development Board for information about approved education training programs.

Annette Barnes, Career Advisor
Camden, Currituck, Gates and Pasquotank Counties
Adult and Dislocated Workers

COA: 252-335-0821 ext. 2246 (Thursdays)

Rachel Clipston, Career Advisor
Currituck (Lower) and Dare Counties
Youth, Adult and Dislocated Workers


Keisha Kallicharan
Camden, Currituck, Gates and Pasquotank Counties

COA: 252-335-0821 ext. 2416 (Mondays and Thursdays)

Alternative or Private Loans

There are a number of private lenders who offer alternative loans to cover educational expenses. These loans are available to students who don’t qualify for federal financial aid or have exhausted all potential federal grants, scholarships and work-study funds. Loan approval is generally based on creditworthiness and ability to repay. Eligibility is determined based on the school’s cost of attendance minus other financial aid or the annual loan maximum amount determined by the lender. Students are advised to borrow responsibly and to review all repayment options thoroughly.