Thursday, August 18, 2022

Grant to help high school grads pay for community college

WILMINGTON — Gov. Roy Cooper approved the use of $31.5 million from federal Covid-19 aid to be funneled into the Longleaf Commitment Grant. The program helps high school grads pay for tuition and fees at community colleges.

The Longleaf Commitment Grant will fund $700 to $2,800 a year for up to two years and will not need to be repaid by students. The money can be used toward a degree, credential or transfer credit, according to a press release from Cape Fear Community College, which is encouraging students to apply.

The grant is available for full-time students, with partial funds available for part-time students.

Student eligibility includes:

  • Be a graduate from a North Carolina high school in 2020 or 2021
  • Be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes
  • Be a first-time college student during the 2021-2022 school year (students who have earned college credit through Career & College Promise (CCP) and Early/Middle College high school and have now graduated high school are also eligible).
  • Enroll in a curriculum program during Spring 2022
  • Enroll in at least 6 credit hours per semester
  • Complete the FAFSA for 2021-22 and submit any documents required for verification to the financial aid office.
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from $0 – $15,000. (“EFC” is based upon student’s FAFSA determination. Most students with an estimated family Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of up to $90,000 will be eligible).
  • Renew FAFSA for the 2022-23 academic year and meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements at

“High school graduates have the exclusive opportunity to earn a degree from CFCC without accumulating student debt,” CFCC President Jim Morton said in the release. “There is no better time to go to college than now; this type of grant for students is a rare, can’t-miss opportunity.”

The program ends at the conclusion of the 2023 spring semester. Potential applicants can learn more by contacting Rachel Cavenaugh at 910-362-7317 or emailing

Other federal relief funding, scholarships and federal financial aid are available at CFCC. Find out more at

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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