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Financial Assistance

Don’t let cost hold you back from earning your industry-approved credentials.

CFCC’s Economic & Workforce Development offers financial assistance to help you get the training you need.

North Carolina Community Coleges Short-Term Workforce Development (STWD) Grant Program

The Short-Term Workforce Development (STWD) Grant Program, established by Session Law 2021-180, is a state-funded financial aid program for eligible Workforce Continuing Education (WCE) students pursuing high-demand, family-sustaining wage credentials identified as N.C. Workforce Credentials at either the Essential or Career level. These credential pathways may consist of a single WCE course or a series of courses.

Eligible Programs
  • Small Engine Repair
  • Apprenticeship – Plumbing
  • Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician
  • Electrical Lineworker
  • NC: Nurse Aide I & II
  • NC: Registered Barber
  • NC: Commercial Driver License (CDL)
  • NC: Casualty Agent
  • NC: Health Insurance Agent
  • NC: Life Insurance Agent
  • NC: Property Agent
  • NC: Real Estate License
  • Paramedic
  • Waterwaste Treatment Operator
  • AWS SENSE- Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)
  • AWS SENSE- Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
  • AWS SENSE- Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
  • ESCO Employment Ready: Heat Pump
  • ESCO Employment Ready: HVAC Electrical
  • ESCO Employment Ready: Basic Refrigeration and Charging Procedures
  • ESCO Employment Ready: Duct and Envelope Testing
  • AAPC Certified Professional Coder CPC®
  • NC: Sheriffs’ Telecommunicator Certification
  • NC: Sheriffs’ Detention Officer Certification
  • Fire Fighter I & II
  • Certified Production Technician 4.0 (CPT 4.0)
  • MSI Manufacturing Technician Level I (MT1)
Eligibility Requirements
  • Resident of North Carolina
  • Students enroled in Workforce Continuing Education (WCE) pathways/courses leading to an N.C. Workforce Credential identified as either Essential or Career level.

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IIANC – NCCCS Partnership Scholarship Block Grant for 2021 – 2022 Academic Year

The North Carolina Community Colleges Foundation is pleased to announce the application process for the 2021-2022 Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina – North Carolina Community College System Partnership Scholarship Block Grants. The initial scholarship funds were contributed by the North Carolina Association of Insurance Agents (NCAIA) in honor of the 50th Anniversary of NCCCS. NCAIA has provided additional scholarship funds each year since 2013. The 2021-2022 academic year scholarship block grant has been awarded to Cape Fear Community College. Eligible students will be awarded individual scholarships.

Eligible Programs
  • Accident/Sickness/Health
  • Accident/Sickness/Health ONLINE
  • Life/Accident/Sickness/Health
  • Life/Accident/Sickness/Health ONLINE
  • Pre-Licensing Life
  • Pre-Licensing Life ONLINE
  • Property and Casualty
  • Property and Casualty ONLINE
Eligibility Requirements

Students awarded a scholarship from the block grant funds must:

  • Be in good academic standing for the semester in which the course was taken
  • Be enrolled in or have completed one of the eligible courses.
  • Have successfully completed the course.

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Project Skill Up

The Project Skill-Up scholarship was established to provide financial assistance for those adversely affected by the change in the tobacco industry and are seeking to upgrade current job-related skills. It is designed to help first-generation farm impacted individuals and those who are in affected communities who may not be first-generation but are looking to get training in agriculture. This support will allow individuals to gain marketable skills reflective of fast-growing occupations and/or new industries within their local communities.

Eligible Programs

Students must be enrolled in a program leading to immediate employment. These programs include (but are not limited to):

  • Barbering
  • Nail Tech
  • Electrical Lineworker
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • EMT
  • Nurse Aide
  • Phlebotomy
  • Real Estate
  • Electrical Apprenticeship (Electricians)
  • Welding
  • Medical Coding
  • Plumbing and Pipefitting Apprenticeship
  • Truck Driver Training

Not sure if the program you’re interested in will qualify? Email Vanessa Czerw with your full name, CFCC ID Number and name of the program you’re interested in to find out.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Resident of North Carolina
  • Student must be enrolled in a program leading to immediate employment.
  • Current/former tobacco farmer, farm worker, or tobacco manufacturing employee
  • First-generation student of current/former tobacco farmer, farm worker or tobacco manufacturing employee

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Golden Leaf Two-Year Scholars Program

The Golden LEAF scholars program will provide grants of up to $1,850 annually for workforce continuing education students. The scholarships help cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, supplies, credentialing tests, transportation, childcare, and other components of the total cost of attendance for each of the fall, spring and summer semesters. These programs are 96 hour or more and lead to a credential and/or employment.

Eligible Programs
Healthcare Careers
  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Counseling (Must have completed CADC 1 for eligibility.)
  • Certified Healthcare Access Associate (CHAA)
  • Certified Professional Coder
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Nurse Aide I and II
  • Phlebotomy
Construction Careers
  • HVAC
  • Electrical Apprenticeship, all levels
  • Electrical Lineworker
  • Fire Alarms Systems Training
  • Historic Preservation Construction
  • Plumbing and Pipefitting Apprenticeship
  • Welding
  • Barbering Schoo
  • Nail Technician
  • Apartment Maintenance Technician
  • Fleet Maintenance Technician
  • Outboard Systems
  • Small Engine Repair
  • Truck Driver Training
  • Advanced EMT
  • AEMT to Paramedic Bridge
  • EMR to EMT Bridge
  • EMT Initia
  • Firefighter Series
  • Firefighter Block 1
  • Firefighter Block 2
  • Firefighter Block 3
  • Fire Officer III

If there is a program you are interested in that is not listed contact Vanessa Czerw to find out if it is an eligible program.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Resident of North Carolina
  • Students enrolled in Workforce Continuing Education (WCE) pathways/courses offered for 96 hours or more and leading to a State or industry-recognized credential. These pathways may consist of a single WCE course or a series of courses.
  • You must also be: (1) currently unemployed, (2) have received notification of a pending layoff, (3) working and eligible for the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (FEITC), or (4) working and earning wages at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.
  • Reside in a rural county that is tobacco dependent, or economically distressed, as determined by the Golden LEAF Foundation. ( Check the Golden LEAF Scholarship page for the list of qualifying counties ).

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Bank Of America Scholarship Grant

Economic opportunity is an important step to financial wellness and stability; however, for many in our community who are living in poverty, jobs and education are hard to come by. By partnering with Bank of America, we’re providing scholarships to help cover registration and exam fees to eligible community college students pursuing one of the seven eligible workforce training programs listed below, helping to drive economic opportunity for the most vulnerable in our local North Carolina communities.

Eligible Programs
  • Fleet Maintenance Technician
  • Plumbing Apprenticeship
  • Certified Medical Coder or Certified Healthcare Access Associate
  • National Career Readiness Certificate
  • Outboard and Small Engine Mechanic
  • Phlebotomy
  • Nurse Aide
Eligibility Requirements
  • Resident of North Carolina
  • Students enrolled in Workforce Continuing Education (WCE) pathways/courses offered for 96 hours or more and leading to a State or industry-recognized credential. These pathways may consist of a single WCE course or a series of courses.
  • You must also be: (1) currently unemployed, (2) a military veteran or spouse or a member of the NC National Guard, or (3) working and earning wages below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.

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CFCC Foundation Scholarships

The Continuing Education Scholarship application is available for scholarship opportunities in the following programs: Electrical Lineworker, Electrical Apprenticeship, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Alarm Safety, Law Enforcement, and Nurse Aide.

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Robert C. Massengill Scholarship Application

The Cape Fear Electrical Contractors Association, Inc. established the Robert C. Massengill Scholarship Fund at CFCC in 2020 to honor the memory of Robert C. Massengill, an electrical contractor with a long history in the Wilmington area. Selected students in the Electrical Apprenticeship Level 1 course will receive a $600 scholarship to help finance the cost of tools essential to the electrical trade.

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WIOA Scholarships


Call or visit your local NCWorks Career Center today to learn if you qualify for WIOA sponsorship! Eligibility factors apply. Ask to speak to a WIOA Title I Specialist.


NCWorks Career Center – New Hanover
1994 S. 17th Street,
Wilmington, NC 28401

NCWorks Career Center – Pender
904 S. Walker Street
Burgaw, NC 28425

NCWorks Career Center – Brunswick
5300-7 Main Street
Shallotte, NC 28470

GED Scholarships

Is the cost of the official GED exam ($20/test x 4 subject tests = $80) holding you back from taking it? If so, contact your GED-prep instructor for an application and information on qualifying for either a full (all 4 subjects) or partial (one or more subjects) GED exam scholarship.

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