Sources of Aid
Federal Pell Grant
Eligibility determined directly from Expected Family Contribution.PELL Awards are now limited to the equivalent of 12 full time semester awards.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
Awards of $100 – $4000 to the neediest students determined by institution.
Federal Work Study
Usually 8 to 15 hours per week; hourly rate of pay is at least minimum wage. Recipients selected by institution.
UNC Need-Based Grant
Amounts vary depending on family contribution and cost of attendance.
North Carolina Community College Grant
Awards vary from $150 to $950 and depend on the amount of the Pell Grant.
North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship
Considers amount of Pell Grant the student will receive. Awards vary and are determined by College Foundation. Eligible students whose family’s contribution is $5,000 or less (calculated using FAFSA) will receive a total of at least $3,400 from Pell and/or Lottery Scholarship. (Note: Only available at UNC constituent institutions and NC community colleges.)
All of the above need-based grant programs are automatically considered for each student based on the results of the FAFSA application each academic year. No additional application is needed.
Applications available from mid-February until June 1st each year to be awarded the following fall term.
Award amounts vary from $200 to $2200. Applications can be found on WPCC’s Scholarship web page and in the information rack in Hildebrand Hall.
Non Need-Based Programs
Forgivable Education Loans for Service (NC FELS) – New NC Program
Established by the 2011 NC General Assembly through the consolidation of eight programs into
one. Purpose of the program is to provide financial assistance to qualified students to enable them to obtain requisite education beyond the high school level to work in North Carolina in high-need professions and to respond to critical employment shortages. Eligible institutions include: UNC campuses, community
college campuses, most private non-profit college campuses, postsecondary institutions owned or operated by a hospital, school of nursing affiliated with a nonprofit postsecondary institution and other public or nonprofit postsecondary institutions offering program of student not otherwise available in NC that is deemed to be eligible. Additional information and how to apply can be found at www.CFNC.org/FELS.
WPCC Merit Scholarships
Applications available from mid-February until June 1st each year to be awarded the following fall term. Applications can be found on WPCC’s Scholarship web page and in the information rack in Hildebrand Hall.