To be eligible for the North Carolina Community College Grant and North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the published deadline and list a North Carolina community college as one of their top three choices on the institutions section of the FAFSA. No payments are made during the summer term. State Aid deadlines are listed on the front cover of the FAFSA.
A qualified student must be a resident of North Carolina enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours) in an eligible curriculum program. Students must meet the satisfactory academic progress requirements and the Pell Grant eligibility requirements except for the expected family contribution (EFC) requirement established by the federal government. Students with a bachelor's degree are ineligible. Qualified students may receive both the Pell Grant, the North Carolina Community College Grant, and the North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship.
Annual amounts for full-time students vary from $100 - $3400 based on the student's established need and enrollment status. If a student's enrollment status reduces, the annual award amount will reduce proportionally. Funding amounts may vary depending on lottery proceeds and state legislation.