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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 in the state.

The best part? It’s money that doesn’t 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.

Please note: This scholarship is for curriculum students enrolled in a degree, diploma, or certificate program.

Earn a tuition-free degree!

Qualifying students attending community college will receive at least $3,000. That means having their tuition and fees 100% covered at any of the 58 North Carolina community colleges. The scholarship award can also go toward books, food, and housing.

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Submit the FAFSA to be eligible for the Next NC Scholarship. No additional forms are required.

The Next NC Scholarship priority filing date for NC Community Colleges is August 15, 2024.

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