Grants for High School Graduates

New Tuition Grants for 2021 High School Graduates


Governor Cooper, in partnership with the NC Community College System and the State Education Assistance Authority, has announced the creation of the Longleaf Commitment Grant program.



This grant program will allow eligible 2021 high school graduates the opportunity to apply for a grant that covers tuition and fees at any of North Carolina's 58 community colleges for up to two years.

Eligibility requirements from 2021 high schools seniors:

  • Graduate from a North Carolina high school in 2021
  • Be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes
  • Be a first-time college student (Career & College Promise (CCP) and Early/Middle College High School students are eligible)
  • Enroll in a curriculum program during the 2021-22 academic year
  • Enroll in at least 6 credit hours per semester
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2021-22
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from $0 - $15,000. (“EFC” is based upon student’s FAFSA determination)
  • Renew FAFSA for the 2022-23 academic year and meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements of the college

The three steps high school graduates need to complete to get started:

  1. Applicants must apply for admission to the community college they plan to attend here.
  2. Applicants must complete residency determination through the North Carolina Residency Determination Service.
  3. Lastly, applicants must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), here.

For more information or to submit a question about the North Carolina Longleaf Commitment Grant, please click here.