We understand that college can be expensive. That’s why we work hard to provide financial assistance to students who, without the help of the aid, would be unable to begin or continue their studies with us.

If you have financial aid questions or would like help filling out your FAFSA, you can easily schedule an appointment with our New Bern, Havelock, and Cherry Point Financial Aid offices.

The 2021 – 2022 FAFSA opened October 1, 2020. The 2021–2022 FAFSA uses 2019 tax information.

Our school code is 008086.

NASFAA Code of Conduct: Our college adheres to the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) – Ethical Principles.

Paying for Short-Term and Workforce Classes

If you’re in one of our short-term workforce development training classes, you are not eligible for traditional financial aid such as the FAFSA. However, we have several scholarship options that may partially or completely cover the cost of your class.

Financial Aid FAQ

Financial aid is monetary assistance provided through various sources to help you meet your financial needs while attending college.

  1. Grants – This is money that you do not have to repay.
  2. Work Study Program – This is money you actually earn. The college provides employment opportunities that will help pay for college.
  3. Scholarships – These funds do not have to be repaid; however, there are often stipulations attached to the award. Contact the Financial Aid office for scholarship information and applications.

To be considered for federal and state aid, as well as federal campus-based programs (Federal SEOG and Federal Work Study), you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The college may request additional information to complete the award. You will be notified through email about what information is needed. Our priority deadline for processing of financial aid for the fall semester is June 1 each year. All information is required by this date to meet the deadline.

You are encouraged to obtain a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID in order to sign your FAFSA electronically. If you are a dependent, your parent(s) are also encouraged to obtain an FSA ID.

Our Title IV School Code is 008086. In order for us to receive your application electronically, it is important that you include our school code on your application.

Yes. Financial need is determined each academic year, so you must complete a new FAFSA each academic year. The FAFSA opens October 1 each year and now requires tax information from two years ago. For example, the 2021-2022 FAFSA will require 2019 tax information.

Financial aid is based on the principle that you and your parent(s) have the primary responsibility for paying for your post-secondary education if you are a dependent student. This is why you may be required to report your parent(s)’ income. However, the federal government will consider you independent of your parent(s) if one of the following requirements is met: you are 24 years old, married, enrolled in a graduate program (e.g., master’s or doctorate), have legal dependents other than a spouse that you are supporting, are an orphan or ward of the court, are a veteran, active duty, are an emancipated minor or under legal guardianship, or are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Your financial aid may come from a variety of sources and may contain a combination of the three types of aid available (grants, scholarships, and work study). Once your FAFSA is submitted and processed, the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will be computed. The EFC is determined by considering the number of persons in the household, the household income, and the number of persons from the household in college. The EFC is then subtracted from the cost of attendance. The remaining amount is the financial aid award need. We do not package students in the work study program; work studies will have to complete separate in-house applications.

After all financial aid information has been received and the requirements for admissions completed, you should receive notification via your student email account. You are also able to review grant information on the Self-Service portal.

While the process of determining financial aid eligibility is basically the same for all applicants, there is some flexibility for specific circumstances. Situations which might merit special circumstances include 1) unusual medical and dental expenses, 2) income reduction or nonrecurring income, and 3) a family and financial situation where a student normally considered dependent could be considered independent. If you feel you have any special circumstances that might affect the amount you and your family are expected to contribute, speak with the Financial Aid office.

All Pell Grant awards are based on full-time status (12 credit hours or more). However, if you attend less than 12 credit hours, your Pell Grant will be prorated down to the number of hours you are attending. You could be eligible for a small Pell Grant even if you are enrolled less than 6 credit hours (depending on eligibility). You may also be able to become a federal work study and receive SEOG if you attend less than full time.

If you have aid in excess of your tuition/fees and bookstore charges, a refund will be distributed to you through BankMobile for the balance after all semester charges have been made. Refunds will be generated once enrollment has been confirmed and received in the Financial Aid office. You can view the disbursement dates or view our institution’s contract with BankMobile, a division of Customers Bank.

Summer aid is limited to students who have remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility from the current academic year because of less than full-time enrollment during the previous fall and spring terms.

If you are receiving financial aid, federal and state regulations require you to maintain satisfactory academic progress. One requirement is that you must complete at least 67% of the total cumulative credit hours attempted (e.g., for 50 attempted credit hours, you must complete at least 33). A second requirement is that you must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA in all coursework. Therefore, withdrawals, failing grades, and incompletes will count against you. Also, if you completely withdraw from college before the 60% point of the semester, you may be required to return all or part of the aid awarded to you.

They should both be done simultaneously. Since applying for financial aid is a very extended process, you need to begin applying as soon as possible. However, financial aid will not be awarded if you have not been accepted to the college and completed all admission requirements.

No. A program must lead to a degree or diploma in order to be eligible for financial aid. Our Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) and Esthetics programs are the only acceptable certificate programs. Special credit students are not eligible for financial aid. If you are unsure about aid eligibility and the program you are considering, contact the Financial Aid office for clarification.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, dishonest companies guarantee or promise scholarships or grants. Some guarantee that they can get scholarships on behalf of students or award scholarships in exchange for an advance fee. Most offer a “money-back guarantee” but include conditions that make it impossible to get the refund. Others provide nothing for the student’s advance fee—not even a list of potential sources. Some companies ask for a student’s checking account to “confirm eligibility,” then debit the account without the student’s consent. Even if the company does provide the student with an award source(s), most often the same information is available at the Financial Aid office for free.

You must have a high school diploma, GED, or adult high school transcript and be accepted for admission into an approved college program of study in order to receive financial aid. You cannot be in the GED or adult high school program while taking college classes and receive financial aid. Once you earn your GED or adult high school diploma, you are eligible to apply for financial aid, including the Pell Grant.

Financial Aid TV is a great source of financial aid information that answers questions parents or students may have. It has dozens of short videos that explain various financial aid topics and is accessible 24/7.

Other Resources

Federal Pell Grant Processing Center
To obtain application status and copy of Student Aid Report (SAR)
1-800-433-3243 and press #1 (automated system)

Selective Service
To obtain copy of status

Internal Revenue Service
To obtain filing status, exemptions claimed

Social Security
To obtain duplicate Social Security Card


Information on Student Aid Processing

College Foundation

NC State Education Assistance Authority

For Hearing Impaired with Questions

Contact Information

New Bern Campus
Barker Hall, Room 109

Havelock Campus
Redd Building, Room 101

Academic Year Hours
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Summer Hours
Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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