Harnett County

FREE Tuition to Qualifying High School Graduates!

All eligible Harnett County residents who graduate from a public high school, private school, or homeschool for the years 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 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 Harnett County
  • Successful Completion of Career and College Promise with at least four 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 and submission of all requested verification documents (if applicable).
  • Note: Funding from federal and state grants, scholarships, and outside funding must be exhausted before Harnett County Promise begins paying.

Enrollment Checklist

For questions about the Central Carolina Promise program, please contact Mary Schmid Carter, College Access Coordinator, at mschmid@cccc.edu or (919) 718-7542.

  1. Complete your "Central Carolina Promise" Interest Form
    • The deadline for 2020 high school graduates has now passed. The Interest Form for 2021 high school graduates will be available as of Thursday, October 1st. Please check back soon for the link.
  2. 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 cannot be processed without completing this step.
  3. Complete the MAP Interest Inventory
  4. Complete your Admissions Application
  5. Apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Submit Required Documents
    • The FAFSA is required for all Central Carolina Promise Applicants.
    • The FAFSA application can be accessed and completed online.
    • CCCC's FAFSA Code is 005449
    • Submit required documentation requested from the Financial Aid Office July 23.
  6. Submit your Final High School Transcript (must be completed by July 23rd)
    • Contact your high school to send official transcripts directly to the Admissions Office.
    • 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 standardized test scores.
  7. Make an Appointment to Meet with an Admissions Specialist
    • Admissions Specialists will verify that you have completed all requirements for the Central Carolina Promise Program.
    • The Admissions Specialists will also advise you on your chosen academic program and assist you in registering for courses.
    • Make an appointment with your Admissions Specialist.
  8. Attend New Student Orientation

Continuing Students

  • Register and Remain Full-time

    Students must register and, if possible, remain at full-time status (12 credit hours or more) each semester. Students can withdraw from a course(s) but must be full-time as of the Financial Aid Census Date for each semester.

    If deciding to withdraw from a course, a student should consider Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) eligibility as the Promise program will follow the eligibility requirements for Financial Aid SAP. Learn more about SAP.

  • Remain Continuously Enrolled

    To remain eligible, students must stay continuously enrolled (fall and spring terms) and remain in good academic standing. If a student stops out or withdraws from all classes, the student will not be eligible for Promise support on the student's return. Students who are academically suspended are also not eligible moving forward.

  • Complete the FAFSA

    Students must complete the FAFSA for 2020-2021 to be eligible for the next academic year. Complete the FAFSA.


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

Yes. Students must complete the FAFSA each year.

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

The Central Carolina Promise program will guarantee two years or four semesters (depending on the academic program) towards a credential - associates degree, diploma, or certificate. Example: Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021.

What does the Central Carolina Promise program pay for?

The Central Carolina Promise pays for courses and fees only. It doesn't cover books and other supplies (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.

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 academically suspended, then they wouldn't be eligible for the program any longer.

Do I have to be eligible 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.

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

Yes, students must maintain full-time status (at least 12 credit hours) each semester. Exception: If a student is pursuing a credential such as a certificate or diploma that doesn't require a student to take 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.

Need Help?

Mary Schmid Carter
College Access Coordinator
(919) 718-7542


Program is supported through Harnett County Government

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