Federal and State Financial Aid Programs
The following federal and state financial aid programs are available to College of The Albemarle (COA) students. If you’d like more information about any of these programs, please contact the Financial Aid Office.
Federal Pell Grants assist undergraduates in paying for their education after they complete high school or earn their High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED). The Federal Pell Grant is the largest federal student aid program, and provides a foundation to which other assistance may be added.
Unlike loans, grants aren’t paid back unless you don’t complete the term of enrollment.
To apply for a Pell Grant, students need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident enrolled in an eligible program. The student must demonstrate financial need and meet eligibility requirements. Additionally, the student must not already have a baccalaureate degree and must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). The amount of awards will be determined upon FAFSA results, cost of attendance, and enrollment status.
The NCELS is available for students who:
- Are North Carolina residents for tuition purposes;
- Meet all eligibility requirements for a Federal Pell grant, except the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) requirement; and
- Are enrolled in at least six credit hours per semester as an undergraduate student in an eligible degree, certificate or diploma program.
Students who have already earned a baccalaureate (four-year) college degree are not eligible. Students must also be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Funds are not available for the summer semester. Applicants must complete the FAFSA to be considered for this need based financial assistance.
The Summer Accelerator grant program will provide grants up to $5,000 for community college students to take summer courses to accelerate or stay on track to graduate. College of The Albemarle is participating in the tuition assistance program for summer courses.
This grant covers tuition, fees, books and other expenses based on the number of summer courses the student takes.
To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:
- A North Carolina resident for tuition purposes
- Enrolled in an academic program leading to a postsecondary degree or credential
- Working towards their first postsecondary degree or credential
Funds will be available for students who take courses during the summer of 2022 and 2023.
Students interested in the program should contact the financial aid office 252-335-0821 ext. 2385.
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This program provides funding for North Carolina students pursuing programs leading to careers in areas with critical need, including nursing, teaching, allied health fields and medicine.
To receive funds through this program, you’ll be asked to sign a promissory note agreeing to work in North Carolina after graduation, in an approved position, for one year per academic year of funding. Students who don’t perform the required service will need to repay the loans in cash, with interest.