Financial Aid Programs

Financial assistance at Sandhills Community College is available for degree-seeking students in qualified programs through grants, scholarships, alternative (not federal) loans, and work-study employment.

  • Grants & Scholarships are monies that do NOT have to be paid back.
  • Work-study programs require employment in order to be paid.
  • Loans are monies that will have to be repaid; repayment begins 6 months after graduation from a program or if a student drops below 6 credit hours.

Financial aid funds are limited, and funding can depend on early application. Below more information is provided about each option, including basic eligibility requirements, range of award amounts, and the application necessary for processing. All options require applicants to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

A student may be offered a single type of assistance or a combination package depending on the level of need and eligibility requirements. Aid may be provided by or through the college, federal and state agencies, or outside organizations.

For questions regarding financial aid programs, contact the Financial Aid Office at (910) 695-3743.

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is for US citizens or eligible non-citizens who:

  • Are enrolled in an eligible program
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Are making Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Meet eligibility requirements

Application method: FAFSA
Award amount: Is based on eligibility.
Students are awarded for the fall, spring, and summer terms of each academic year.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is for US citizens or eligible non-citizens who:

  • Are enrolled in an eligible program
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Are making Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Meet eligibility requirements

Application method: FAFSA
Award amount: Up to $600 per year

North Carolina Community College Grant (NCCCG)

The North Carolina Community College Grant (NCCCG) is for North Carolina residents who:

  • Are enrolled at least half-time (six credit hours or more) in an eligible program
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC)* figure that falls within a range determined each academic year
  • Are making Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Meet eligibility requirements as deemed by the State of North Carolina

Application method: FAFSA
Deadline: Until funding is exhausted
Award amount: Determined by the state of North Carolina

NCCCG is only available for fall and spring semesters and is not funded for summer terms.
*As defined by the Department of Education, the EFC “is a measure of your family’s financial strength and is calculated according to a formula established by law. Your family’s taxed and untaxed income, assets, and benefits (such as unemployment or Social Security) are all considered in the formula. Also considered are your family size and the number of family members who will attend college during the year.  Your EFC is not the amount of money your family will have to pay for college nor is it the amount of federal student aid you will receive. It is a number used by your school to calculate the amount of federal student aid you are eligible to receive.”

North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship (NCELS)

The North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship (NCELS) is for North Carolina residents who:

  • Are enrolled at least half-time (six credit hours or more) in an eligible program
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC)* figure that falls within a range determined each academic year
  • Are making Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Meet eligibility requirements as deemed by the State of North Carolina

Application method: FAFSA
Deadline: Until funding is exhausted
Award amount: Determined by the state of North Carolina

NCELS is only available for fall and spring semesters and is not funded for summer terms.
*As defined by the Department of Education, the EFC “is a measure of your family’s financial strength and is calculated according to a formula established by law. Your family’s taxed and untaxed income, assets, and benefits (such as unemployment or Social Security) are all considered in the formula. Also considered are your family size and the number of family members who will attend college during the year.  Your EFC is not the amount of money your family will have to pay for college nor is it the amount of federal student aid you will receive. It is a number used by your school to calculate the amount of federal student aid you are eligible to receive.”

North Carolina Longleaf Commitment Grant (NCLCG)

The North Carolina Longleaf Commitment Grant is for North Carolina residents who:

  • Are a 2020-2021 school year North Carolina high school graduate enrolled in the 2021-2022 academic year or
  • Are a 2021-2022 school year North Carolina high school graduate enrolled in the 2022-2023 academic year
  • Are enrolled at least half-time (six credit hours or more) in an eligible program
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $15,000 or less as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Are making Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Meet eligibility requirements

Application method: FAFSA
Deadline: No deadline
Award amount: $700 to $2,800 for full-time enrollment

Federal Work Study

The Federal College Work-Study (FWS) Campus Based Program provides jobs for students who need additional financial aid while providing an opportunity to gain valuable work experience.

Federal Work-Study Basics

  • Pays an hourly wage from an annual award amount, maximum of 15 hours/week.
  • You are paid directly on a monthly basis.
  • Can be on-campus ($15.00/hour).

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a high school graduate.
  • Have a completed FAFSA for the current academic year.
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.
  • Be initially enrolled in at least 6 credit hours in a program of study that is eligible for financial aid.
  • Have “unmet” financial aid need as determined by the Financial Aid Office.

To Apply:

  1. View the current list of Work-Study Job Descriptions.
  2. Complete an Application for the position you are interested in.
    • Avoid using a phone or tablet for this purpose.
  3. Email your application to the Work Study Coordinator
    • Email from your student email only.
  4. If selected for an interview, the supervisor for the FWS position will contact you via phone or email, using the contact information you provided on the application.

While you may apply for more than one work-study position, you can only be hired for ONE of those positions.

**Please note: Submitting an FWS application does not guarantee to hire for a Federal Work-Study position. Placement into a position is contingent on job availability, the student’s qualifications, selection by a supervisor, and program funding.**

Contact Information

Jami Dandridge
Financial Aid Compliance & Training Officer
126 Stone Hall
(910) 693-2072
dandridgej@sandhills.edu

Institutional Work-Study

A limited number of jobs are available for Institutional Work-Study. Usually those students who do not qualify for Federal Work Study fill these positions.

Institutional Work-Study Basics

  • Pays an hourly wage from an annual award amount, maximum of 20 hours/week.
  • You are paid directly on a monthly basis.
  • Can be on-campus ($15.00/hour).

To be eligible, you must:

  • Have a completed FAFSA for the current academic year.
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.
  • Be initially enrolled in at least 6 credit hours in a program of study that is eligible for financial aid.
  • Have “unmet” financial aid need as determined by the Financial Aid Office.

To Apply:

  1. View the current list of Work-Study Job Descriptions.
  2. Complete an Application for the position you are interested in.
    • Avoid using a phone or tablet for this purpose.
  3. Email your application to the Work Study Coordinator
    • Email from your student email only.
  4. If selected for an interview, the supervisor for the FWS position will contact you via phone or email, using the contact information you provided on the application.

While you may apply for more than one work-study position, you can only be hired for ONE of those positions.

**Please note: Submitting an IWS application does not guarantee to hire for a Institutional Work-Study position. Placement into a position is contingent on job availability, the student’s qualifications, selection by a supervisor, and program funding.**

Contact Information

Jami Dandridge
Financial Aid Compliance & Training Officer
126 Stone Hall
(910) 693-2072
dandridgej@sandhills.edu

Education Tax Credits

As a college student, you are eligible to receive education tax credits that can help reduce the expense of your education. The American Opportunity and Lifetime Learning Credit are credits that can be applied to your federal tax returns.  For more information, please visit the Internal Revenue Service’s website.