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NC Reach

The Child Welfare Postsecondary Support Program, also known as NC Reach, was established by the 2007 General Assembly to provide funding for college students who aged out of North Carolina public foster care or whose adoption from North Carolina public foster care was finalized on or after their 12th birthday.

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
  • Have either been adopted from NC Division of Social Services (DSS) foster care after the age of 12, or aged out of NC DSS foster care at age 18 (must have been in care on their 18th birthday).
  • Be a resident of North Carolina, eligible for in-state tuition rates.
  • Be under the age of 26 (participants remain eligible until their 26th birthday).
  • Enroll at either a state community college or one of the 16 constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina system, at least half time, pursuing an undergraduate degree, diploma, or certificate.
  • Make satisfactory progress toward the completion of undergraduate study.
  • Comply with registration requirements for military service unless they are exempt from registration.
  • Not be in default or owe a refund under any federal or state loan or grant program.

Award amounts vary. Benefits are determined based on federal and state grants and scholarships, including the Pell Grant, the Education Training Voucher and state scholarships such as the North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship, which are applied first to the predetermined costs of attendance at the qualifying school. The NC Reach Scholarship will pay the balance of the predetermined costs of attendance. Legitimate student loans that were incurred after July 31, 2007, for costs of attendance for qualifying students are also eligible for repayment through this program.

Application Procedure
To apply for this program, please visit Additional information may be obtained by calling the NC Reach team at (800) 585-6112, or by clicking the "Contact Us" on the NC Reach homepage (

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