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The following is a brief description of grant programs at SCC. Grants are gift money that does not need to be repaid as long as the student does not withdraw from, or stop attending all classes. Click here for detailed instructions on how to apply for grants. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required to apply for all the following grants.

The Federal Pell Grant is generally awarded to undergraduate students with financial need, who have not already earned a bachelor’s or professional degree. A student’s EFC will determine whether or not they are eligible and how much he or she will be awarded. A student’s semester hours will determine the amount that will be disbursed, and the Pell Grant can generally be paid for full-time enrollment (12 or more credit hours), three-quarter time (9-11 credit hours), half-time (6-8 credit hours), and less than half-time (1-5 credit hours).  See the information below about the Lifetime limit for the Pell Grant.

Pell Grant Award Range: $761- $7,395 for 2023-24

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a smaller grant that is awarded to students with the greatest financial need (lowest EFC). Limited funds are provided by the federal government and are awarded by the SCC Financial Aid Office to both full-time and part-time students. Since funds are limited, priority is given to students with zero EFCs who file the FAFSA earliest in the year.

FSEOG Award Range: $300-$900 per year for 2023-24

The North Carolina Need-Based Grant/ North Carolina Scholarship (NCNBG) is a grant established by the North Carolina General Assembly to help meet the educational costs of attending a community college. To be considered for this grant, a student must be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes and enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours per semester). A student’s EFC and enrollment status will determine whether or not he or she is eligible, and how much he will receive. This grant is only available for Fall and Spring semesters.

NCNBG Award Range: $400 - $3,320 per year for 2023-24

The North Carolina Longleaf Commitment Grant is a grant program for 2021 and 2022 North Carolina high school graduates who will attend a North Carolina community college starting in the Fall semester after they have graduated. Full-time eligible students are guaranteed to receive $700 to $2,800 per year, for a total of two years. Less than full-time students may receive a partial award. 

NCLCG Award Range: $700 - $2,800 per year for 2023-24

Federal Pell Grant Program – Maximum Lifetime Eligibility

Students are only eligible to receive a Pell Grant for a maximum of 12 full-time semesters or the equivalent.  If you have already exceeded the maximum lifetime eligibility, you will not be eligible for additional Pell Grants.  Your utilization will be expressed as a percentage, equating the 12 full-time semester limit to a maximum lifetime eligibility used of 600%.  Your utilization will be calculated by adding together each of the annual percentages of your previous Pell annual scheduled awards that were actually disbursed to you.


Full-time student - If you were a full-time student both Fall and Spring in the 2022-2023 year and Fall and Spring in the 2023-2024 year, you would have received two years of 100% each of your award.  Therefore, you would have used a total of  200% of your total 600% lifetime limit.

Part-time student - If you were only enrolled for one full-time semester for the 2022-2023 year, you would have received 50% of your award for that year.  Then, in 2023-2024, if you were enrolled only three-quarter time both semesters, you would have received 75% of your award for that year. Together, you would have used a total of  125% of your total 600% lifetime limit.

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