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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.

New Hanover Community Endowment Grant

The New Hanover Community Endowment will help Cape Fear Community College to support our underserved student population and better serve our community. The scholarships from this endowment will help these students pursue education/training, leading to high-demand, family-sustaining wages/careers. These underserved populations include women, minorities, low-income, veterans, and justice-involved individuals (Pathway Home 2 Grant participants).

Students attending Cape Fear Community College often face financial obstacles that may prohibit them from continuing to learn and better their career opportunities. Students often have to choose between paying bills and continuing their education. With this scholarship, Cape Fear’s goal is to increase our underserved students’ retention and success rate.

Student Eligibility Requirements

  1. At a minimum, eligible students applying for this grant must be:
  2. A resident of New Hanover County.
  3. Part of an underserved population which includes: women, minorities, low-income, veterans, and justice-involved individuals.
  4. Enrolled, in good academic standing, in one of the following programs: Welding, Diesel and Heavy Equipment, HVAC, Construction Management, Electrical Apprenticeship or Electrical Lineworker, Plumbing, Truck Driver Training, Nurse Aide, Mechatronics, Machining, Manufacturing, Logistics/Supply Chain, IT, Cable Installer (Fiber), Medical Billing and Coding, Phlebotomy, Culinary and Hospitality, Marine Technology, Small Engines, Business, Cosmetology/Nail Tech, Barbering, Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Real Estate, Insurance, Maintenance, and Historic Trades.

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Workforce Resilience Grant Program

Cape Fear Community College recently received funds from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund to expand educational opportunities and workforce development programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the GEER Fund, the U.S. Department of Education awards grants to governors for the purpose of providing local educational agencies, institutions of higher education, and other education-related entities with emergency assistance for issues resulting from COVID-19.

The fund provides scholarships to eligible community college students pursuing high-demand workforce training programs that lead to a state or industry-recognized credential within ten different pathways.

Student Eligibility Requirements

  • Be able to attest they are a resident of North Carolina, employed in North Carolina, or intend to be employed in North Carolina. The Residency Determination Service (RDS) process is not required.
  • Be enrolled in Workforce Continuing Education (WCE) pathways/courses leading to an NC Workforce Credential identified as either Essential or Career level. These pathways may consist of a single WCE course or a series of courses. Here is the link to this list: .
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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 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
    • Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC)
    • 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.

    Start the Application

    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.

    North Carolina Community College 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
    ● AAPC Certified Professional Coder CPC®
    ● AutoCAD Intro and Advanced
    ● Barbering
    ● CAMT – Apartment Maintenance Tech.
    ● Carpentry
    ● Certified Bookkeeper
    ● Certified Ethical Hacker
    ● CHAA and CHAM
    ● Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
    ● Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
    ● CompTIA A+
    ● CompTIA IT Fundamentals
    ● CompTIA Linux+
    ● CompTIA Network+
    ● CompTIA Project+
    ● CompTIA Security+
    ● Dog Grooming
    ● Electrical Lineworker
    ● EMT Advance
    ● EMT Basic
    ● Fire Fighter I or II
    ● Forklift Operator
    ● Graphic Design
    ● HVAC
    ● Insurance: Life/Acc/Sick/Health
    ● Insurance: Property & Casualty
    ● Intuit QuickBooks Certified User
    ● Machining Applications
    ● Manufacturing Production Tech
    ● Microsoft Office Specialist 2016 or above Access
    ● Microsoft Office Specialist 2016 or above Excel Expert
    ● Nail Tech
    ● National Incident Management System
    ● NC: Basic Law Enforcement Certification
    ● NC: Emergency Management Certification I & II
    ● NC: Nurse Aide I or II
    ● NC: Pharmacy Technician Certification
    ● NC: Sheriffs’ Detention Officer Certification
    ● NC: Sheriffs’ Telecommunicator Certification
    ● NECI: Basic 911 Communication Certification
    ● NHA Certified Billing & Coding Specialist (CBCS)
    ● NHA Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS)
    ● NHA Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)
    ● Paralegal Certification
    ● Paramedic
    ● Plumbing and Pipefitting
    ● Plumbing Apprenticeship
    ● Real Estate Pre-Licensing
    ● Small and Outboard Engine Mechanic
    ● Truck Driver Training
    ● Waste Water I & II Operator
    ● Welding – MIG
    ● Welding – STICK
    ● Welding – TIG
    Eligibility Requirements
    ● Resident of North Carolina
    ● Students enrolled in Workforce Continuing Education (WCE) pathways/courses
    leading to an N.C. Workforce Credential identified as either Essential or Career

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