Sandhills Promise

Moore and Hoke County residents who graduate from a public/private high school or registered home school having completed four dual enrollment courses at Sandhills will pay no tuition at the college for the two years immediately following high school graduation.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Be a resident of Moore County.
  2. Be a high school graduate (public and private) or registered home-school equivalent and plan to attend SCC the fall semester immediately following high school graduation.
  3. Successfully complete at least four dual-enrollment courses through the Career and College Promise program at SCC with a GPA of 2.0 or higher and a 67% completion rate by the time of high school graduation.

Enrollment Requirements

  1. Apply to Sandhills as a degree-seeking student first by completing the online admissions application at sandhills.edu and then completing the steps to enrollment, which includes completing an online orientation session.
  • More than likely, you have completed an SCC admissions application for the Career and College Promise Program (CCP) in high school, but a new admissions application is required when you become a college student.
  • After you submit your new SCC admissions application, you will receive an acceptance letter with more detail regarding the online orientation session.
  1. Apply for the Sandhills Promise by completing the online SCC scholarship application at sandhills.edu.
  • The SCC scholarship application serves as your application for the Sandhills Promise.
  1. Apply for financial aid by completing the 2022-23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using 2020 tax information at fafsa.gov.

Deadline Information

Fall 2022 Sandhills Promise Priority Deadline: July 14, 2022

The following requirements must be met by July 14, 2022, in order to ensure your Sandhills Promise eligibility.

  • Your new SCC admissions application must be completed, submitted, and on record with the SCC Admissions Office.
  • Your official high school transcript showing your graduation date must be submitted and on record with the SCC Admissions Office.
  • Your SCC scholarship application must be completed, submitted, and on record with the SCC Scholarship Office.
  • Your 2022-23 FAFSA and all additional required financial aid paperwork must be completed, submitted, and on record with the SCC Financial Aid Office.

If you wait until the week of the deadline to complete and submit your FAFSA to SCC, you will not meet the deadline.  FAFSA forms may take up to five days or longer to process first with the Department of Education, and then you may have to complete required financial aid paperwork with the SCC Financial Aid Office.

  • You will be required to attend one of our Promise Bridge sessions. These sessions will give you more information about the Sandhills Promise while also allowing you to become familiar with both the SCC campus and the resources available to you during your time with us at Sandhills. It will be a day full of FUN and we can’t wait to meet you! The dates and times of the Bridge sessions will be available in Spring 2022.

Applicants who submit a new SCC admissions application, an official high school transcript, a SCC scholarship application, a 2022-23 FAFSA, and/or required financial aid paperwork after July 14, 2022, are not guaranteed acceptance into the Promise program.

Scholarship Details

For students who meet all of the required criteria, Sandhills Community College will agree to pay the tuition and technology/activity fees up to the in-state rate for two years, including summer terms.

  • SCC will cover tuition up to the in-state rate for courses taken by out of state students. If an out of state student receives other forms of financial aid that cover the in-state tuition portion, the student will not be eligible for the Sandhills Promise Program during that semester.
  • The two years of eligibility begins in the fall semester after high school graduation and ends following the summer semester of the second year.
  • Funding from federal and state grants, scholarships, and outside funding must be exhausted before SCC begins paying.
  • Books are not included under the Sandhills Promise Program.

Post-Enrollment Requirement

  • Once enrolled, students must continuously meet the financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress standards outlined by the state and federal government (maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 67% of all courses attempted at Sandhills Community College).

Moore County Career and College Promise Pathways and the Sandhills Promise

As noted under the eligibility requirements, a student must successfully complete at least four dual-enrollment courses through the Career and College Promise program at SCC.  For Moore County students, those courses are offered through both our Curriculum and Workforce Continuing Education CCP pathways. Students may take a combination of both Curriculum and Workforce Continuing Education CCP courses to fulfill the four-course requirement.  Please contact your High School Counselor for a list of courses you may take.  Each curriculum CCP course counts as one class for the four-course requirement.

Workforce Continuing Education CCP (WCE-CCP) Pathways

The following is a list of WCE-CCP pathways and course-worth toward the four-course Promise requirement.

Pinecrest, Union Pines, and North Moore

  • Electrocardiogram Technician (EKG) fulfills one class toward the four-course requirement.
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) fulfills one class toward the four-course requirement.
  • Pharmacy Technician fulfills one class toward the four-course requirement (Starting Spring 2021).
  • MSSC – Certified Production Technician fulfills two classes toward the four-course requirement.
  • NCCER Electrical Level 1 fulfills two classes toward the four-course requirement.
  • Firefighter Academy fulfills four classes towards the four-course requirement if all course components are completed.
  • Plumbing Level 1 fulfills one class toward the four-course requirement.
  • Plumbing Level 2 fulfills one class toward the four-course requirement.
  • HVAC Level 1 fulfills one class toward the four-course requirement.
  • HVAC Level 2 fulfills one class toward the four- course requirement.
  • NCCER Welding Level 1 fulfills two classes toward the four-course requirement.

North Moore Only

  • Construction fulfills two classes toward the four-course requirement.

The Community Learning Center at Pinckney

  • Carpentry Core Skills fulfills two classes toward the four-course requirement.
  • Carpentry Level 1 fulfills two classes toward the four-course requirement.
  • NCCER Core Essentials and Fundamentals of Crew Leadership fulfills one class toward the four-course requirement.

The Moore County Schools Connect Academy

  • NCCER Core Essentials and Fundamentals of Crew Leadership fulfills one class toward the four-course requirement.

Hoke County Career and College Promise Pathways and the Sandhills Promise

As noted under the eligibility requirements, a student must successfully complete at least four dual-enrollment courses through the Career and College Promise program at SCC. For Hoke County students, those courses are offered through both our Curriculum and Workforce Continuing Education CCP pathways. Students may take a combination of both Curriculum and Workforce Continuing Education CCP courses to fulfill the four-course requirement.

Curriculum Pathways

Each Curriculum CCP course counts as one class for the four-course Promise requirement.

Contact your Hoke High School CCP Counselor for a list of courses you may take:

Leslie Baldwin, CCP Curriculum Counselor, Hoke High School

lbaldwin@hcs.k12.nc.us or 910-875-2156

Workforce Continuing Education CCP (WCE-CCP) Pathways

The following is a list of WCE-CCP pathways and course-worth toward the four-course Promise requirement.

  • Certified Production Technician Level 1 (CPT) fulfills one class toward the four-course requirement.
  • Certified Production Technician Level 2 (CPT) fulfills one class toward the four-course requirement.
  • Mechanical Power Transmission Fundamentals (MPTF) fulfills one class toward the four-course requirement.
  • Pharmacy Technician fulfills one class toward the four-course requirement.
  • Certified Medical Administration Assistant (CMAA) fulfills one class toward the four-course requirement.
  • Electrocardiogram Technician (EKG) fulfills one class toward the four-course requirement.
  • Electrical Level 1 fulfills two classes toward the four-course requirement.
  • Electrical Level 2 fulfills two classes toward the four-course requirement.
  • Firefighter Training Academy fulfills four classes towards the four-course requirement if all course components are completed.
  • HVAC Core Skills fulfills one class toward the four-course requirement.
  • HVAC Level 1 fulfills one class toward the four-course requirement.
  • Plumbing Core Skills fulfills one class toward the four-course requirement.
  • Plumbing Level 1 fulfills one class toward the four-course requirement.
  • ABB Robotics Technician fulfills two classes toward the four-course requirement