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Grant Provides Free Tuition & Fees* to Eligible 2021 High School Graduates

*Eligible 2021 North Carolina high school graduates will have their tuition and fees covered at any one of our state’s community colleges for up to two years by the Longleaf Commitment Grant.

“The Longleaf Commitment is a grant program for 2021 North Carolina high school graduates who will attend one of our state’s ‘Great 58’ community colleges starting in the fall 2021 semester. High school graduates may be eligible to receive this grant — not a loan — to cover tuition and fees toward a degree or to attain transfer credit. Full-time eligible students are guaranteed to receive $700 to $2,800 per academic year, for a total of two years. Less than full-time students may receive a partial award. The Longleaf Commitment Grant ends at the conclusion of the 2023 spring semester.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Graduate from a North Carolina high school in 2021
  • Be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes
  • Be a first-time college student [Career and College Promise (CCP) and Early/Middle College High School students are eligible]
  • Enroll in a curriculum program during the 2021 – 2022 academic year
  • Enroll in at least 6 credit hours per semester
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2021 – 2022
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from $0 – $15,000 (EFC is based upon a student’s FAFSA determination)
  • Renew the FAFSA for the 2022 – 2023 academic years and meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements of the college

Apply at Click ‘Apply for College’ to apply to a community college. To get your EFC and determine your financial aid eligibility, submit your FASFA at Work with your community college to determine your eligibility.”