The federal government and North Carolina lawmakers have set aside money to make college more accessible to low-income individuals. Like scholarships, grant awards do not have to be repaid.

Pell Grant

The federal Pell Grant is the oldest and largest post-secondary education assistance program at Wake Tech. Eligibility is based on financial need, and award amounts are affected by the cost of attendance and whether a student is enrolled full or part time. Although the awards are usually divided between Fall and Spring semesters, eligible students can receive up to 150% of a regular award to apply that extra money toward Summer term classes, giving them an opportunity to complete their program of study more quickly.

Pell-eligible students also can receive aid from the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship and the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant Program if they meet specific requirements.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

FSEOG awards of up to $1,000 a year are offered to students with the most demonstrated financial need. Because Wake Tech receives a set amount of FSEOG funds from the government each year, students who complete their FAFSA by a March 15 priority deadline have the best chance at getting an FSEOG award.

North Carolina Community College Grant

Students who are North Carolina residents and are enrolled for at least six credit hours may receive up to $2,200 a year through the N.C. Community College Grant program. As with the FSEOG, Wake Tech receives a specific amount of funds for this program each year, so students who complete their FAFSA the earliest have the best chance of securing a state grant award.

Finish Line Grant

State officials created the Finish Line Grant program to ensure that unexpected expenses, such as medical costs or car repairs, don't prevent people from completing their community college education. Students who are at least halfway toward a degree or credential can apply for a Finish Line Grant, which provides $1,000 that can be put toward tuition and fees or emergency expenses.

Child Care Grant

The Child Care Grant provides financial assistance for child care for students returning to college. Child care funds can be used for child care, before-school care and after-school care.

Emergency Assistance

Students facing financial difficulties and other non-academic barriers can contact the Care Center, where staff can help with emergency funds and other services, from transportation to food, to ensure students can stay focused on their academic goals.