Central Carolina Promise

FREE Tuition to Qualifying High School Graduates!

All eligible Chatham, Harnett, and Lee County residents who graduate from a public high school, private school, or homeschool for the years 2019, 2020, and 2021 will be guaranteed up to two years of FREE in-state tuition and required fees at Central Carolina Community College.

Textbooks, supplemental materials, and summer terms are not included.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Resident of Chatham, Harnett, or Lee County
  • Successful Completion of Career and College Promise with at least 4 high school dual-enrollment courses or 12 credit hours.
  • Public High School, Private School, or Homeschool Graduate who will attend Central Carolina Community College as a full-time degree or credential seeking curriculum student beginning the fall semester following his or her high school graduation.
  • Completion of the FAFSA is required for all Promise/K14 applicants. Students must also submit all requested verification documents (if applicable).
  • Note: Funding from federal and state grants, scholarships, and outside funding must be exhausted before Central Carolina Promise begins paying.

Enrollment Checklist

  1. Complete the "Central Carolina Promise/K14" Interest Form
    • Current seniors (2021 graduates) should submit your Interest Form as soon as possible - don't delay!
    • We will use this information to follow up with you about the rest of the enrollment process.
    • Priority deadline*: Thursday, July 1, 2021
  2. Submit your CCCC Foundation Scholarship Application
    • Complete the Scholarship Application, to apply for local scholarships.
    • Include a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher, college instructor or non-family member.
    • Attach a brief essay explaining your career goals, community involvement and any additional information concerning your financial need.
    • Only completed applications will be considered.
    • Priority deadline*: Thursday, July 1, 2021
  3. Apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Submit Required Documents
    • The FAFSA is required for all Central Carolina Promise/K14 applicants. The FAFSA application can be accessed and completed online.
    • CCCC's FAFSA Code is 005449. If this code is not supplied, the FAFSA will not connect to CCCC and will be considered incomplete.
    • Submit required documentation requested from the Financial Aid Office, as outlined in your WebAdvisor account.
    • Priority deadline(s)*: Thursday, July 1, 2021 for initial FAFSA submission; Friday, July 23, 2021 for any additional required documentation.
  4. Complete the North Carolina Residency Determination process
    • Visit NC Residency Determination Service to obtain your Residency Certification Number (RCN). Your RCN is used to determine both your tuition rate and eligibility for state grants.
    • Your admissions application (Step 5) cannot be processed without completing this step.
    • Priority deadline*: Friday, July 23, 2021
  5. Complete the Admissions Application
    • Complete your CCCC application online, download a print version of the CCCC application, or call (800) 682-8353 to have an application mailed to you.
    • Students who have taken college classes in high school through Career & College Promise will need to re-apply to CCCC in order to continue their enrollment after graduation.
    • Students must include their correct Social Security Number on their admissions application. Failing to include your SSN on your application will result in CCCC not receiving your FAFSA information, and your Promise/K14 enrollment being delayed or denied.
    • Priority deadline*: Friday, July 23, 2021
  6. Submit your Final High School Transcript
    • Contact your high school to send official transcripts directly to the Admissions Office after your high school graduation. All transcripts sent prior to graduation will be considered unofficial.
    • If you are a home school student, the home school administrator must provide proof that the home school is certified by the North Carolina Department of Non-Public Instruction and include two years of standardized test scores.
    • Priority deadline*: Friday, July 23, 2021

Additional Items

*Priority Deadline Information

  • Students who complete all required items by the posted priority deadlines will have their program status confirmed by Friday, July 30 2021 and will also be entered in a drawing to win a $100 or $50 Bookstore gift card.
  • Students who do not complete all required items by the priority deadlines can still be considered for the program, but may not be fully approved to receive funding until after the start of classes. Students in this situation may have to pay out of their own pocket up front or risk being dropped for non-payment.

Continuing Students

  1. Complete the FAFSA and the Foundation Scholarship Application
    • Students must complete the FAFSA and re-apply for scholarships heading into their second year in order to remain eligible for the next academic year. Students who do not complete both tasks for the second year of the program will be deemed ineligible. Complete the FAFSA and submit your scholarship application.
  2. Register and Remain Full-time
    • Students are expected to register for 12 credit hours or more (full-time status) each semester. Withdrawing from a class is not prohibited, but a student should consider Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) eligibility prior to withdrawing, as the Promise/K14 program will follow the eligibility requirements for Financial Aid SAP. Learn more about SAP.
  3. Remain Continuously Enrolled
    • To remain eligible, students must stay continuously enrolled (fall and spring terms) and remain in good academic standing. If a student takes a semester off or withdraws from all classes, the student will not be eligible for Promise/K14 support upon their return to CCCC. Students who are academically suspended are also not eligible moving forward.

FAQs

Are there requirements that students must comply with after being accepted to the Central Carolina Promise program?

Yes. Students must complete the FAFSA and their CCCC Foundation scholarship application each year. Students are also expected to maintain full-time status and meet the academic expectations set forth in the college's Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.

How long will the Central Carolina Promise Program pay for courses?

The Central Carolina Promise program will guarantee two years or four semesters towards a credential - associates degree, diploma, or certificate. Example: Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023.

What does the Central Carolina Promise program pay for?

The Central Carolina Promise pays for tuition and fees only. It doesn't cover books, supplies, and other required course materials (including Follett ACCESS).

Can I stop taking classes for a semester in the Central Carolina Promise program and then start back and still be eligible for the program?

No, you must be continuously enrolled to be eligible for the Central Carolina Promise program. Students who miss a semester will forfeit their remaining semesters of Promise/K14 eligibility, although they are welcome to return to the college to re-enroll as a traditional, paying student.

Do I have to maintain a certain GPA to be eligible for the Central Carolina Promise program?

Yes, you must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in order to be eligible for the program. If a student is placed on academic suspension, they will forfeit their remaining semesters of Promise/K14 eligibility.

Do I have to be approved to receive Financial Aid?

No, the only requirement is for a student to complete the FAFSA application and any additional financial aid requirements as requested from the Financial Aid Office. Students can view the status of their Financial Aid (and requested documents) at any time via their WebAdvisor account. Undocumented and DACA students are not eligible for the Promise/K14 program but are strongly encouraged to apply for additional scholarship opportunities at CCCC.

Am I required to take a certain amount of classes each semester?

Yes, students are expected to maintain full-time status (at least 12 credit hours) each semester.

Who can assist me in getting signed up for the Central Carolina Promise program?

Mary Schmid Carter, College Access Coordinator, at mschmid@cccc.edu or (919) 718-7542 is ready and willing to help you!

Am I still eligible for the Central Carolina Promise Program if I am classified as an out-of-state student?

Yes. The Central Carolina Promise program will cover tuition and fees up to the in-state tuition rate. The student would be responsible for paying the difference in cost from in-state to out-of-state. Residency status is determined by the Residency Determination Service, not by the college, and any questions regarding a student's status should be directed to that service at 844-319-3640. Certain military/veteran dependents can apply for an in-state tuition waiver; more information can be found on the Records Office website.

Need Help?

Mary Schmid Carter
College Access Coordinator
mschmid@cccc.edu
(919) 718-7542

Support

Program is supported through Chatham County Government, Harnett County Government, Lee County Government and private funding

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