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Recent High School Grads May Be Eligible for Tuition-Free College

Many N.C. 2020 high school graduates are now eligible to have tuition and fees covered at Nash Community College through the Longleaf Commitment Grant, which does not have to be paid back. The grant, previously open only to 2021 high school graduates, provides between $700 – $2,800 to recent high school graduates to cover the cost of tuition and fees for up to two years.

The expanded eligibility to 2020 high school graduates provides an affordable option and greater access to higher education to students who previously would not have been able to easily attend.

Spring semester registration is underway. Students should act soon in order to enroll for spring classes which begin January 10.

  • To be eligible for the grant, a student must complete the below steps and meet the eligibility requirements:
  • Apply for admission to NCC
  • Complete the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) submission process. The FAFSA and enrollment information are used to determine eligibility. There is not an application specifically for the Longleaf Commitment Grant.
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from $0 – $15,000 based FAFSA determination
  • Graduate from a N.C. high school in 2020 or 2021
  • Be a North Carolina resident
  • Be a first-time college student [Career & College Promise (CCP) and Early/Middle College High School students are eligible]
  • Enroll in a curriculum program during the Spring 2022 academic year
  • Enroll in at least six credit hours per semester
  • Renew the FAFSA for the 2022-2023 academic years and meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements of the college

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