NC Longleaf Commitment Grant for 2020 & 2021 High School Grads


NC Longleaf Commitment Grant for 2020 and 2021 High School Grads

2020 and 2021 North Carolina high school graduates: We hope to see you at Wake Tech this spring!

Thanks to the North Carolina Longleaf Commitment Grant, you could be eligible for free tuition and fees for two years!

Eligible 2020 and 2021 high school graduates may receive these grant funds to cover expenses toward an associate degree or transfer credits. Students of any age who completed an adult high school diploma or GED during the 2020 and 2021 calendar year may also qualify.

Students can receive between $700 and $2,800 per academic year for two years. The amount will depend on family income, as established by the Free Application for Federal Student aid, or FAFSA. Most students with family income up to $90,000 will be eligible; part-time students may receive partial awards.

Grant funds are available for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic years.

Eligibility Requirements

To receive Longleaf Commitment Grant funds, a student must be

  • A North Carolina resident
  • A 2020 or 2021 North Carolina high school graduate [High school equivalency completers (GED, HiSET) are eligible]
  • A first-time college student [Career & College Promise (CCP) and Early/Middle College High School students are eligible]
  • Enrolled in a curriculum program for the 2021-2022 academic year
  • Taking at least 6 credit hours per semester (Part-time eligible students will receive a partial award)
  • A student who has completed the 2021-2022 FAFSA (with a resulting Expected Family Contribution or EFC between $0-$15,000).

Please note: students DO NOT need to complete the 2022/2023 FAFSA in order to receive the grant for this calendar year.

To be awarded a grant for the following academic year, all you have to do is:

  • Renew your FAFSA for the 2022-2023 school year
  • Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements of your college

How to Get Started

The process to determine eligibility is easy and does not require a separate application!

  1. Apply for admission to Wake Tech and complete residency determination through the North Carolina Residency Determination Service (RDS).
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Wake Tech’s school code is 004844. Consideration for funding is automatic once the FAFSA is completed.

Eligible students will be notified of grant awards from Wake Tech’s Financial Aid Office.

For more information about the Longleaf Commitment Grant at Wake Tech, please contact (919) 866-5410 or [email protected].

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