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College Catalog 2008-2010

Financial Assistance / Aid

Definition of Financial Aid

Financial aid is money or the opportunity to earn money to help pay for a student's educational expenses. Assistance may be awarded in the form of a grant, scholarship, loan, part-time employment, or a combination of these. Financial assistance is usually awarded on the basis of financial need, which is the difference between the cost of attending school and what the student and the student's family can afford to pay toward the educational expenses.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to receive financial aid from federal programs and to continue one's eligibility once aid has been awarded, the following criteria must be met:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  2. Be registered with Selective Service (if required).
  3. Attend a participating school.
  4. Be working toward a diploma, degree, or certificate.
  5. Be making satisfactory academic progress.
  6. Not owe a refund on a Federal grant or be in default on a Federal educational loan.
  7. Have financial need.


  1. Federal student loans must be repaid.
  2. Students going to school less than half-time may be eligible for Federal Pell Grants and some other Federal student aid programs
  3. Conviction of drug distribution or possession may make a student ineligible.

Application Procedure

To apply for the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, North Carolina Student Incentive Grant, Federal Work-Study, and scholarships, a student should secure and complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from the high school guidance counselor or from the financial aid officer at CCCC, and mail it to the Federal Student Aid Programs. In order to have the results of the FAFSA sent to CCCC, a student should list "CCCC" in the college release section of the application and include CCCC's Title IV Code number of 005449.

Award Procedure

Awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis with respect to the financial need of the applicant. The college gives first priority to all returning financial aid recipients. All applicants who have a completed application on file by March 31 for the upcoming fall term are first considered. These applicants are ranked according to greatest financial need after considering any Pell Grant award for which they may be eligible. Aid is awarded to eligible applicants with priority going to the most needy. All completed applications received after March 31 are considered on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted.

Types of Financial Aid

The types of financial aid available at Central Carolina Community College are as follows:

1. Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is a federally funded program that provides awards to eligible students. Awards may range from $523 to $4,731 per year (amount subject to change each year). Any undergraduate student is eligible to apply for a Federal Pell Grant. All students must apply for this grant in order to be considered for other aid administered by the Financial Aid Office. Pell awards depend upon the cost of education and the student's financial need as determined by the FAFSA submitted to the United States Department of Education.

2. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is a federally funded program that provides grants for students with exceptional financial need (with priority given to Pell Grant recipients). The grants may range from $100 to $1,000 per year, but may not exceed one-half of the total financial assistance awarded to the student.

3. Federal Work-Study Program

The Federal Work-Study Program provides part-time jobs to students who demonstrate financial need. The work-study jobs are awarded in the same manner that other aid awards are made. The jobs are usually on campus during the year. Students may work up to 20 hours per week depending on the amount of work-study funds they have been approved to earn during the academic year. Students must complete a time sheet and turn it in at the Financial Aid Office on the 10th of each month. Students are paid at least the minimum wage and receive a paycheck on the last day of the next month for the previous month worked.

4. North Carolina Student Incentive Grant

The North Carolina Student Incentive Grant is a state and federal grant program available to exceptionally needy students. College Foundation, Inc. and the college financial aid officer administer it jointly. Grants can range up to $750 per year (amounts subject to change each year). Students must be North Carolina residents, must apply for this grant by completing the FAFSA by March 15 of each year for the upcoming academic year, and be enrolled full-time (at least 12 hours per semester).

5. Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)

The Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant targets first and second year students who have successfully completed a "rigorous" secondary school program of study. Students will be notified by the Department of Education if they may be eligible so the student may start the process of self-certification for this grant. Final determination of eligibility will be made by the Financial Aid Office at CCCC. Awards range from $750 per year for first-year students and $1,300 per year for second-year students (amounts subject to change each year). Student must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 hours per semester).

6. North Carolina Community College Grant

The North Carolina Community College Grant is a need-based grant established by the N.C. General Assembly to provide funds to help meet the educational cost of N.C. residents attending a community college. Awards range from $30 to $1,100 per year (amounts subject to change each year).

7. North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship

The North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship was created by the 2005 General Assembly to provide financial assistance to needy students. Students must be a North Carolina resident and be enrolled at least half-time (at least 6 hours per semester). Awards range from $110 to $2,500 (amounts subject to change each year).

8. Education Access Rewards North Carolina Scholars Fund (EARN)

EARN was established by the 2007 North Carolina General Assembly to provide grants to eligible students to enable them to obtain an education beyond the high school level at community colleges and universities in North Carolina without incurring student loans during the first two years of postsecondary education. The first awards will be made during the 2008-09 school year. Students must be a North Carolina resident, enrolled full-time (at least 12 hours per semester), and a dependent student whose total family income does not exceed 200% of the applicable federal poverty guideline.

9. Non-Institutional Loans

Non-institutional loans are available through private lenders. The Financial Aid Office can provide more information.

10. Institutional Loans

The Dwight Cole Memorial Loan Fund was established in honor of the late Dwight Moody Cole, Jr. Mr. Cole's contribution to law enforcement is remembered through more than sixteen years as a Sanford Police Officer, a member of the State Highway Patrol and, at the time of his death, an inspector with the License and Theft Section of the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The memorial fund is administered by the financial aid officer on a loan basis and is limited to students in the Criminal Justice Curriculum.

11. Scholarships
  1. The Nurse Education Scholarship Loan Program (NESLP) is a need-based scholarship loan program for students who demonstrate financial need and who are enrolled in participating nurse education programs leading to certification as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) or a registered nurse (RN). The NESLP is available in community colleges, private colleges, and campuses of the University of North Carolina that offer nurse education programs. Awards in this need-based scholarship loan program range from $2,000 to $3,000 in LPN and ADN programs and from $2,000 to $5,000 in Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs. Recipients are selected by the Financial Aid staff and confirmed by the State Education Assistance Authority. Individuals who have been admitted to a participating nurse education program and who demonstrate financial need may be awarded NESLP assistance.
  2. The Nurse Scholars Program (NSP) is a competitive, merit-based scholarship loan program available to students of exceptional academic achievement and leadership potential who desire to become registered nurses (RNs). Application for an NSP award may be made by individuals who have been admitted to a participating nurse education program and who meet the minimal qualifications for selection. The student aid office and the nurse education department in each participating institution will have information on the selection process for the coming academic year by February 1. The North Carolina Nurse Scholars Commission, an independent body appointed by the Governor, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the president pro tempore of the State Senate, selects Nurse Scholars.
  3. The CCCC Trustees' Academic Scholarship is awarded to high school seniors who have the highest grade point average among those planning to attend CCCC. One scholarship is available to each of the public high schools in Lee, Chatham, and Harnett counties. The student must apply for admission to the college by April 15 in order to be considered. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition and fees for two semesters.
  4. The Student Ambassador Program provides tuition, fees and a uniform for one year to qualified recipients. (Currently, 12 awards are given each year.) Recipients must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, be enrolled full-time, have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of coursework, attend the honors leadership class, and perform a minimum of three service hours weekly. Ambassador selection requires nomination by a faculty or staff member and completion of an application and a personal interview. Ambassadors represent the college at special events on campus and in the community.
  5. The Wachovia Technical Scholarship provided by Wachovia Banking and Trust Company annually awards two $500 scholarships to students enrolled in the second year of a two-year technical program. Recipients are selected on the following criteria: financial need, scholastic promise, and prior performance at the institution.
12. Other Financial Assistance

The following types of aid are not administered through the college Financial Aid Office, but are forms of financial assistance:

  1. Veterans Benefits
    Qualified veterans and wives/children of veterans may be admitted and approved to receive educational benefits, providing they meet requirements established by the Veterans Administration. The college is approved for the training of veterans under Public Law 16 of the 78th Congress and under Public Law 550 of the 82nd Congress, and Chapter 34, Title 38, United States Code. Refer to the Veterans Information section for additional information.
  2. Veterans and War Orphans Grants
    Veterans and War Orphans Grants are available to the immediate family of war veterans whose deaths or permanent disabilities were service connected and to POWs or MIAs classified as such for a minimum of ninety days. For more information, contact: Division of Veterans Affairs, P.O. Drawer 26202, Raleigh, NC 27611.
  3. Tuition Assistance Program
    The Tuition Assistance Program is available to provide tuition assistance for active duty service members and for members of the North Carolina National Guard. The application is available at guard units and the Office of the Adjutant General, P.O. Drawer 26268, Raleigh, NC 27611. Active duty service personnel can obtain an application at their post education center.
  4. Vocational Rehabilitation
    Vocational Rehabilitation is available to certain students with mental, physical, or emotional handicaps that limit their employment opportunities. For more information, contact the Vocational Rehabilitation Office in the area or write: Department of Human Resources, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Raleigh, NC 27611.
  5. Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA)
    Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) funds are available to qualified students through the Employment Security Commission or other sponsoring agencies. Students should contact the coordinator of special programs for more information.
  6. Child Care Grants
    Child Care Grants are available to qualified students for childcare assistance. For more information, contact the coordinator of special programs.

CCCC Foundation Scholarships/Endowments

The Central Carolina Community College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides scholarships based on financial need as well as academic achievement.

The funding of these scholarships is provided by the generosity of individuals, organizations, corporations, and other private entities.

The following scholarships are currently available through the foundation:

General Programs: Alumni-Honor Society, Cymbria S. and Raymond H. Amberger, J. Mack and Eula Mae Auman, James F. and Dixie B. Bridges Memorial, Judy Ellis Buck Memorial, CCCC Student, Central Electric Membership Corporation, Council for Effective Action and Decisions, Coty US, Gold Kist, Tom Graves Memorial, Stephen T. Keller Memorial, Janice Thomas McNeill Memorial, Raymond Francis O'Brien Jr. Memorial, Elbert C. Price Memorial, William H. Ray Sr. Memorial, Rickard-Rigsbee Memorial, Carolyn Wicker Williamson Memorial, William M. and Eunice J. Womble Memorial.

Specific Programs: Automotive Technology: Kenneth Ayscue Memorial, Douglas H. Wilkinson Memorial. Basic Law Enforcement Training: Jimmy Collins Memorial, Reid King Law Enforcement. Bioprocess Manufacturing Technology: Wyeth. Bio-Technology, Chemical Research, Pre-Pharmacy, Computer Programming or Information Systems: Jeffery K. Jones Memorial. Business Education: Merritt B. Robinson Memorial, J. Fletcher Rosser/S.A.I.F.A. Memorial, Sanford B.P.W. "Pat Nixon", Larry W. Talton Business Excellence. Business or Industrial Technology: John Thomas Davenport Memorial, Edgar W. Meyers Memorial, Pentair Pool Products, Robert E. Pomeranz Memorial. Chatham County Students: Darrell Arrington Memorial, CommunityOne Bank, Edward S. and Mary Hayes B. Holmes, Bunkey Morgan, Smith's Coffee and Mountain Bottled Water Service. Dental Hygiene and Assisting: Lee County Dental Society, Worth E. and Mary S. Perry, Frances Frye Roberts Warner, Kathryn Elizabeth Woltz Memorial. Engineering Technology: 3M, Sanford Exchange Club. GED/AHS Gradates of CCCC: Donald N. Buie Memorial, CCCC Foundation GED/AHS, Everette T. Hickman, W.B. Wicker Memorial. Harnett County Students: Mary Lou and Lum Cummings, Harnett County Campus Student, Samuel R. Miriello Memorial, Robert D. and Ray H. Womble, Sr. Human Resources Management: C.K. Caldwell Jr. Memorial. Industrial Maintenance Technology: C.K. Caldwell Jr. Memorial, Lee Iron & Metal Company, Carter T. Rosser Memorial. Industrial Technology: Edgar W. Meyers Memorial, Walter L. Scoggins Memorial. Laser & Photonics Technology: Laser & Photonics Technology. Industrial Technology: Edgar W. Meyers Memorial, Walter L. Scoggins Memorial. Lee County Students: Jonesboro Garden Club, Sanford Central High School Class of 1959, Sanford Civitan Club, Sanford Exchange Club, San-Lee Sunrise Rotary Club, Hal T. Siler, Paige Baker Simpson. Machining/Tool & Die: Andrew Kelly Wicker Memorial, Dean Wakefield Memorial. Mathematics: Audrey L. James. Medical Assisting: Robert D. Jones Memorial, Cecelia K. Patterson. Motorcycle Mechanics: Richard Scott Grant Memorial, Motorcycle Mechanics Alumni. Nursing Program: Ollie Monroe Angel Memorial, Ola Mae Baber, Lura Rhyne Burns, Central Carolina Hospital Auxiliary, John E. and Eunice L. Dotterer, Sue Gibson Memorial, Barbara Simpson Haislip Memorial, Peggy Hall Memorial, Mary Lois Harris Hayes Memorial, James B. Holt, Betsy Perry Holton Memorial, J. Linwood Keith, Oscar A. Keller Jr. and Elderlene R. Keller, Lee County Association of Senior Citizens Club, Lee County Medical Society, Ada M. Leonard, Gilbert Lett Family, Nursing Program, Gerard J. O'Donnell, Oelrich Nursing, Jacqueline K. Patterson, Ann Carson Perry Memorial, Sanford Dermatology "Dr. Beth", Sanford Medical Group, Sanford Woman's Club, Louise L. Tuller Trust, E.M. "Bucky" and Illa Williams. Paralegal Technology: Paralegal Students, William W. and Ellen B. Staton. Single Parents: Carolyn Jean McNair Daniel, Meigs C. and Peggy C. Golden, Erma Carlisle Proctor, Samuel C. Profio Memorial. Sustainable Farming: Thomas Reeves Memorial, Sustainable Farming. Telecommunications: William W. and Isabel Heins Lawrence. Veterinary Medical Technology: Dr. Kirk Budd Memorial, Eason Veterinary Medical, Friends of NCVMA, J. Dent and Clarice Cato Goodyear, Alvin R. MacKay, Joey McSwain, Moore County Kennel Club, NC Association of Veterinary Technicians, Nancy Ruth Harding Robinson Memorial, Edwin A. and Dorothy B. Hubbard, Quail Corners. Vocational or Technical Curriculums: CCCC Foundation Tech Prep, J. Shelton and Clarice B. Wicker.