North Carolina
State Financial Aid for Undergraduates

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The state funds four need-based grant programs. Award amounts vary based the level of financial need and the type of institution attended. All programs calculate financial need using income data from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), but the UNC Need-Based Grant does not use the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) metric to determine need.

The Education Lottery Scholarship provides grants to students who attend public institutions, enroll in at least six credits per semester, and have an EFC under $5,000. Annual amounts range from $115 to $3,130.

The Community College Grant provides grants to students who enroll in at least six credits per semester and have an EFC under $8,500. Annual award amounts range from $150 to $1,800.

The UNC Need-Based Grant provides grants to students who enroll in at least six credits per semester. Annual award amounts range from $500 to $4,200.

The North Carolina Need-Based Scholarship provides grants to students attending nonpublic institutions who enroll in at least nine credits per semester. Annual award amounts range from $2,000 to $7,100.