With the North Carolina Longleaf Commitment Grant, money no longer has to be an obstacle to getting a good education that will get you hired. That’s because many 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 high school graduates in the state, like you, can access up to $2,800 per year for two years—which means you could potentially earn a degree from any of the 58 community colleges across the state tuition free. (You read that right.)
And the best part—other than the grant money itself (which, like a scholarship, never has to be repaid)—is that there’s no extra application to fill out. And there’s no catch, either. All you have to do is finish your FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and enroll in an NC Community College. Then, if you’re eligible, the financial aid office at your community college will inform you of your grant award.
Awards range from $700-$2,800 per year to pay for tuition and fees at an NC Community College. Funding for the grant program comes from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund using money from federal COVID-19 relief packages. The NC Longleaf Commitment grant program is a partnership between the NC Governor’s Office, NC Community College System, and the State Education Assistance Authority.
To receive a Longleaf Commitment Grant, you must be:
To be awarded a grant for the following academic year, all you have to do is:
Filling out the FAFSA is an important step in putting your education within reach. But you don’t have to do it on your own. The College Foundation of North Carolina has variety of resources to guide and support you along the way: FAFSA Assistance.
Choosing a college is an important decision, and we’re pleased that you’re interested in Surry Community College.