Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You may apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. This must be completed in order to receive any Federal and State aid and some scholarships. You will need a FSA ID and Password to sign your FAFSA online. If you have to include your parent’s information on the FAFSA, your parents will need an FSA ID and Password. Craven’s priority deadline is June 1 of each year to ensure aid is available for fall semester.
Bring all required documents to the financial aid office during your appointment. Please respond promptly to requests for information.
Admissions will need to be completed in order to receive Federal or State aid.
You will receive notification from financial aid on your next step.
You may review your financial aid information on WebAdvisor (your student web account for registering, checking grades and viewing financial aid information).
For general questions about financial aid, please visit Craven CC Financial Aid TV.
In general, a student is eligible to apply for financial assistance if the following requirements are met:
- Student must be a United States citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
- Student must be enrolled as a regular student in an eligible course of study.
- Student must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by the Craven Community College Financial Aid Office.
- Student must demonstrate a financial need according to each program’s criteria and must complete necessary forms.
- Student must not owe a refund to the Pell Grant, FSEOG nor be in default of any student loan.
- If a student is a male born on or after January 1, 1960, or at least 18 years of age and not currently a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, he must be registered with selective service. Student must sign a certification of registration, and he may be required to prove that he is registered.
- Student must have a Social Security number.
- Student must have a high school diploma or a GED.
- When you apply for federal student aid, your answers to certain questions will determine whether you are considered dependent on your parent(s)–and must, therefore, report their income and assets as well as your own–or whether you are independent and must, therefore, report only your own income and assets (and those of your spouse, if you are married).
- You are an independent student if at least one of the following applies to you:
- You are at least 24.
- You are married.
- You are enrolled in a graduate or professional educational program.
- You have legal dependents other than a spouse.
- You are an orphan or ward of the court (or were a ward of the court until age 18).
- You are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.
- You are currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training.
- You are an emancipated minor
- You are or have been in legal guardianship
- Homeless or at risk of homelessness
NOTE: If you consider yourself to be an independent student but you do not meet any of the above conditions, you must contact financial aid to discuss your situation.
Step By Step
- File the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). This must be completed in order to receive Federal and State aid and scholarships. You will need to obtain a FSA ID and Password. Financial Aid recipients need to complete the FAFSA every year. FAFSA applications are available to complete on October 1st of each year.
- Complete Craven Community College’s General Scholarship Application. Application due in the financial aid office by April 15th of each year.
- Search for outside scholarships via a free national search. Example www.fastweb.com and www.cfnc.org. Please be aware there are many scholarship scams, so always read the fine print and also understand that there are many free scholarship searches with access to the same information.
- Ensure all documents have been received by admissions.
- Take all required placement tests for admissions.
- Once the financial aid office has received your processed FAFSA, we will send you an email at your student email account letting you know what (if anything) is needed to complete your financial aid file.
- *If contacted by School Servicing Center, submit all requested information*
- If additional information is requested, schedule an appointment for the New Bern or Havelock campus using the financial aid appointment scheduler. Bring all documentation to your appointment.
- Review your financial aid award letter on WebAdvisor.
- Complete the Online Financial Aid Workshop.
- Register for classes during posted times.
- Make your payment by the deadline.
- For Regular term classes:
- One week before classes begin, you may begin charging your book expenses against your grants and/or scholarships in the bookstore.
- For Flex-term and B-term classes:
- You may begin charging against your grant and/or scholarship the day Flex-term or B-term classes begin.