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North Carolina Longleaf Commitment Grant

Recent high school grads* can now earn a degree—tuition free.

The Longlead Commitment Grant can help your family pay for community college.

With the North Carolina Longleaf Commitment Grant, many high school graduates from the class of 2022 could access up to $2,800 per year for community college. That means earning a tuition-free degree close to home at any of the 58 NC Community Colleges—and the money never has to be repaid.

Am I Eligible?

  • A North Carolina resident
  • A 2022 North Carolina high school graduate or GED® completer and first-time college student
  • Enrolled in a curriculum program for the 2022-2023 academic year
  • Taking at least six credit hours per semester
  • A student who has completed the 2022-2023 FAFSA® (with a resulting Expected Family Contribution or EFC between $0-$15,000)

How to get started

What is the FAFSA®?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) lets students know what kind of educational funding they qualify for—in the form of loans, grants, and work-study options.

What do I need to fill out the FAFSA®?

  • Your social security number
  • Your driver license number and/or alien Registration number, if applicable
  • Your (and your parents’, if you’re still a dependent) 2020 Federal tax returns, records of untaxed income and assets (money)
  • An hour to complete the FAFSA® form

Where can I access the FAFSA® and get help if I need it?

  • Visit to access the form and additional resources.
  • Call 1-800-433-3243 (you can also request a printed version).
  • Go to your local community college’s financial aid once and talk to an advisor.

Helpful Links

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

  • Source: NC Community Colleges