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North Carolina Longleaf Commitment Grant

Calling North Carolina class of 2020 and 2021 high school graduates! If you started college during the 2021-22 school year (Fall 2021 or Spring 2022) you may be eligible to have your tuition and fees covered at CFCC for up to two years!

Through the North Carolina Longleaf Commitment Grant, high school students may be eligible to receive this grant – money that does not need to be repaid – for tuition and fees toward a degree or to attain transfer credit. Full-time eligible students are guaranteed to receive $700 to $2,800 per year, for a total of two years. Less than full-time students may receive a partial award. The Longleaf Commitment Grant Program ends at the conclusion of the 2023 spring semester.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Graduate from a North Carolina high school in 2020 or 2021
  • Be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes
  • Be a first-time college student during the 2021-22 school year. (Students who have earned college credit through Career & College Promise (CCP) and Early/Middle College high school and have now graduated high school are also eligible).
  • Enroll in a curriculum program during Spring 2022
  • Enroll in at least 6 credit hours per semester
  • Complete the FAFSA for 2021-22 and submit any documents required for verification to the financial aid office.
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from $0 – $15,000. (“EFC” is based upon student’s FAFSA determination. Most students with an estimated family Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of up to $90,000 will be eligible).
  • Renew FAFSA for the 2022-23 academic year and meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements .

How to get started

For more information, contact Rachel Cavenaugh at or 910-362-7317 .

Helpful Links

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Complete the Cape Fear Community College application
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