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Next NC Scholarship

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Next NC Scholarship – College Just Got More Affordable!

The Next NC Scholarship is a financial aid program that helps most North Carolinians from households making $80,000 or less pursue a higher education, by fully covering tuition and fees at any community college or more than half, if not all, of tuition and fees to attend any public university in the state. The best part? It’s money that may not have to be repaid.

It combines the federal Pell Grant with the state-funded financial aid program to form a simplified and predictable scholarship award that is easier to understand and makes education more affordable so a greater number of North Carolinians can pursue a degree.

Qualifying students attending Pitt Community College will receive at least $3,000 per academic year. Those attending a public university in North Carolina will get a minimum of $5,000. This Next NC Scholarship award can pay more than half, if not all, tuition and fees. This award can also go towards books, food, and housing.

To receive the Next NC Scholarship, students must be:

  • A North Carolina resident who is eligible for in-state tuition
  • A high school graduate (high school equivalency completers are eligible)
  • From a household with an annual Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $80,000 or less
  • Enrolled in an eligible undergraduate curriculum program for the 2024-2025 academic year
  • Taking at least 6 credit hours per semester (part-time students will receive a partial award)
  • Meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards of the school you plan to attend
  • A student who has completed the 2024-2025 FAFSA, with a resulting Student Aid Index (SAI) at or below 7,500 (once complete, the financial aid office at the college/university you plan to attend will determine and confirm eligibility.)

Ready to Apply?

Submit your FAFSA application. If you’re eligible, you’ll receive the Next NC Scholarship. There are no additional forms to fill out. The Next NC Scholarship priority filling date is August 15, 2024 for NC Community Colleges and June 1, 2024 for UNC System schools.

For more information and complete details on the Next NC Scholarship opportunity, visit www.nextncscholarship.org.