NC Longleaf Commitment Grants

New! Members of the high school classes of 2020 and 2021 in North Carolina can get a grant for tuition and fees to attend North Carolina community colleges this spring!


$700 to $2,800 for
full-time enrollment

Awards Available

to qualifying
2020 & 2021 NC Graduates


NO Deadline
Follow the steps below


To receive the Longleaf Commitment Grant, you must

  • Be a 2020 or 2021 North Carolina high school graduate attending Western Piedmont Community College in the 2021-2022 academic year
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $15,000 or less as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes
  • Enroll for at least six credit hours per semester in a curriculum program
  • Meet WPCC’s Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements

What is the Longleaf Commitment Grant?

The Longleaf Commitment Grant is being funded by $137.8 million in aid from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund through federal COVID-19 relief packages. This money is allowing the Governor’s Office to launch the Longleaf Commitment Grants in partnership with the NC Community College System and the State Education Assistance Authority.

The Longleaf Commitment Grant targets 2020 and 2021 North Carolina high school graduates from low-income and working-class families to provide assistance in covering tuition and fees expenses at any of North Carolina’s 58 community colleges in order to earn an associate degree and/or credits to transfer to a four-year institution. Western Piedmont Community College is participating in the Longleaf Commitment Grant.

Steps to Receive the Longleaf Commitment Grant

Establish NC Residency

To be eligible for in-state tuition, state grants, and certain financial aid, you must show that you are a resident of North Carolina. Complete your residency determination soon!


Fill Out the FAFSA

Completing the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college. Get started today!

Important: if you are attending WPCC in Spring 2022 (starting January 6), you must file out the 2021-2022 FAFSA form, NOT the 2022-2023 one. Make sure you choose the correct year for your FAFSA application.


Apply to WPCC

To complete your qualification for a Longleaf Commitment Grant, you must apply for admission to WPCC. Our New Student page walks you through the process.


Other Information

Consideration for a Longleaf Commitment Grant is automatic once a student files a FAFSA.  Eligible students will be notified of grant awards by the WPCC Financial Aid Office.

The Longleaf Commitment Grant is available to 2020 and 2021 NC high school graduates who began attendance at WPCC beginning with the 2021 fall semester and remain enrolled for the 2022 spring, 2022 fall, and 2023 spring semesters. The grant does not award funds for a summer session.

In addition, 2021 NC high school graduates who are enrolling for the FIRST time in the 2022 spring semester are also eligible for consideration. New enrolled 2021 graduates will be awarded for the 2022 spring, 2022 fall, 2023 spring, and 2023 fall semesters.

Eligible full-time (12+ credit hours) students will receive a minimum grant of $700 to $2,800 per year for two years.  Award amounts will adjust based on how many credits a student is enrolled in during a semester. For example, the minimum and maximum grants for students enrolled half-time (6 credits) is $350 and $1,400 per year.

Questions? Please contact the WPCC Financial Aid Office.