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College Students Should Apply for Financial Aid Now

Filling out and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step for free or affordable college leading to a lifetime of greater earnings potential. Fifteen years after graduation, North Carolina graduates who earn a bachelor’s degree make an average of $82,591 compared to $26,780 for those with only a high school diploma.

Last year, 36% of NC high school seniors did not complete a FAFSA – leaving $89 million in Pell Grants on the table. Only half of NC graduates have submitted one this year. As of June 12, only 45% of Moore County high school graduates have done so.

In order to receive money in time to pay for fall semester tuition and receive money for books and fees at Sandhills Community College, the FAFSA should be submitted by July 9. Students are encouraged to begin sooner since tax returns and other documents providing information will need to be accessed. Students can apply later but will have to pay tuition and purchase books themselves and will later receive funds.

The FAFSA isn’t one single loan or grant – it’s an application that, when completed, gauges how much aid one will likely need to pay for college. It is also required in order to apply for scholarships at Sandhills, participate in the work-study program and can connect prospective students with other sources of aid.

For more information about the FAFSA in NC, go to or begin an application at

The College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) offers a variety of support services, including free hands-on financial aid counseling, videos, and FAFSA assistance. Go to to access services.

Fall Semester at SCC

The fall semester begins on August 17. New students can apply online and an advisor will assist in registering for classes. Orientation will be online. Current or returning students can register for summer or fall classes using Self-Service or by contacting their advisor.

Continuing Education classes begin on various dates. Faster training leading to careers in healthcare, manufacturing, construction, public safety, and more can be found in the Continuing Education section of the College’s website.

New Fast Track Program

The new SCC Fast Track program launched during the summer of 2020. Fast Track enables students to earn the College’s most popular transfer degree, the Associate in Arts, in as fast as one year with its five-week, sequenced online classes.

Fast Track classes begin virtually every month. Students can take classes anywhere there is a Wi-Fi connection, at any time of day or night and at a pace that works best for them. For all information, visit

Campus Health Precautions

For the continued safety and well-being of students, faculty, and staff, the college has converted as many classes as possible to online or hybrid (online plus limited face-to-face interaction). A covering over the nose and mouth will be required on campus. Additional hand sanitizing stations have been installed on campus and a deep cleaning is being carried out each evening using EPA-approved disinfectants and foggers. A campus-wide sanitizing wipe down of door pulls and light switches is done twice each weekday and the use of water fountains has been discontinued. Service desk shields have been installed in high traffic areas.

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