Next NC Scholarship (2024-2025 Academic Year)
Guaranteed Amount Between Federal and State Funds. Please see below.
Until Funds Exhausted
Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible before June 1 if planning to attend a UNC System Institution or before August 15 if planning to attend a North Carolina Community College.
The Next NC Scholarship, beginning in the 2024-2025 academic year, combines the federal Pell Grant with the state-funded financial aid program to form a simplified and predictable scholarship award that’s easier to understand and makes education more affordable for most North Carolinians.
Students enrolling at one of the 16 institutions of The University of North Carolina with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $80,000 or less and a Student Aid Index (SAI) of 7,500 or less, as reported on the FAFSA Submission Summary, are guaranteed at least $5,000 from combined federal and state aid.
Students enrolling at a North Carolina Community College with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $80,000 or less and a Student Aid Index (SAI) of 7,500 or less, as reported on the FAFSA Submission Summary, are guaranteed at least $3,000 from combined federal and state aid.
- Be a North Carolina resident as defined by North Carolina Residency Manual
- Enroll for at least 6 credit hours
- Be admitted, enrolled, and classified as an undergraduate student in matriculated status in a degree, certificate or diploma program at one of the 16 institutions of The University of North Carolina or at a North Carolina Community College
Applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) listing a UNC institution or North Carolina Community College..
Consideration for funding is automatic once the FAFSA is filed. The FAFSA filing priority date is June 1 for UNC Institutions and August 15 for North Carolina Community Colleges. Applicants completing the FAFSA after these dates may be denied if insufficient funds are available.