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Robeson Community College

Financial Aid Programs

Types of Financial Aid:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • Federal Work Study 
  • America Reads
  • NC Community College Grant
  • NC Education Lottery Scholarship
  • Direct Federal Stafford Loan*

Federal Pell Grant:

The Federal Pell Grant, which does not have to be repaid, is a federal program providing financial assistance to undergraduate students who demonstrate a need for financial assistance to attend college. The US Department of Education uses a standard formula, established by Congress, to evaluate the information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The formula produces an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number. The Student Aid Report contains the EFC number that determines eligibility.The Federal Pell Grant award amount depends on the student’s financial need, the student’s cost of attendance, whether the student is full-time or part-time, and whether the student attends school for a full academic year or less. Students with Bachelor’s degrees are not eligible. Awards range from $5730 to $602 for the 2014-2015 academic year. Students with an EFC number equal to or greater than 5158 are not eligible for Federal Pell Grant.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG):

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), which does not have to be repaid, is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need — that is, students with the lowest Expected Family Contributions (EFCs). FSEOG give priority to students who receive Federal Pell Grants, do not receive assistance from other sponsors and who apply the earliest in the year.

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant program is administered directly by RCC’s Financial Aid Office. The amount of aid awarded depends on the student’s financial need, on the amount of other aid the student receives, and on the availability of funds. Students with Bachelor’s degrees are not eligible.

Federal Work-Study:

The Federal Work-Study program utilizes federal funds to provide part-time employment for undergraduate students with financial need to help meet their educational expenses. Students with Bachelor’s degrees are eligible. Students who are enrolled at least half-time may work an average of 15 – 20 hours per week. FWS employment is determined by the student’s total FWS award, the student’s class schedule, and the student’s academic progress.

Awarded FWS funds are limited to availability of positions, funds, and completion of the interview process. There are no term limitations on earnings, provided annual limits on the student’s award letter are not exceeded. Students are paid on the last working day of each month, and the amount paid is according to the position and the number of hours worked.

America Reads:

In 1997, President Clinton launched the America Reads Challenge to ensure that children learn to read on their grade level by the third grade. This work-study financial aid program provides students with employment to help meet their financial needs. The student gains work experience as reading tutors involved in service activities that play key roles in working with individual children and supporting classroom activities.

NC Community College Grant:

The North Carolina Community College Grant (NCCCG) is a need based grant established by the North Carolina Legislature. The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority, through College Foundation, Inc., makes award determinations. The North Carolina Community College Grant provides funds to help meet the educational costs of North Carolina residents attending community colleges.Applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements

  • Be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes
  • Enroll for at least six credit hours per semester in a curriculum program
  • Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements of the institution

Eligibility is determined based on the same criteria as the Federal Pell Grant; students not eligible for the Federal Pell Grant may be considered for this grant based on their estimated family contribution as determined on the Student Aid Report (SAR). Students who have earned baccalaureate (four year) college degrees are ineligible.

NC Education Lottery Scholarship:

The North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship (ELS) was created by the 2005 General Assembly to provide financial assistance to needy North Carolina resident students attending eligible colleges and universities located within the state of North Carolina. Applicant must:

  • Be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes
  • Enroll for at least six credit hours per semester in a curriculum program
  • Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements of the institution
  • Be admitted, enrolled and classified as an undergraduate student in matriculated status in a degree, certificate or diploma program at an eligible North Carolina institution (UNC campuses and NC Community College campuses)

Eligibility is determined based on the same criteria as the Federal Pell Grant with one exception; students not eligible for the Federal Pell Grant with an expected family contribution of $5000 or less will be eligible for an Education Lottery Scholarship. Students who have earned baccalaureate (four-year) college degrees are ineligible. The value per grant will vary according to information that is generated from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid application. 

*IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING WILLIAM D. FORD FEDERAL DIRECT LOAN PROGRAM*

During the regularly scheduled Robeson Community College Board of Trustees Meeting in November 2012, the Trustees approved a resolution to discontinue the College’s participation in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program effective July 1, 2013.

For the remainder of the 2012/13 academic year, currently enrolled students with William D. Ford Federal Direct Loans already certified by the College will be processed following established regulations.   No new William D. Ford Federal Direct Loans for the 2012/13 academic year will be accepted for processing after April 15, 2013.