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Eligibility, Deadlines & Late Applicants


Eligibility for federal student aid is determined on the basis of financial need in conjunction with several other factors. The Office of Scholarships and Student Aid determines what you are eligible to receive based on your expected family contribution (EFC). To receive financial aid, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have financial need (not part of the criteria for some loans)
  • Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate or pass a test approved by the Department of Education
  • Be enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program
  • Be a U. S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Have a valid social security number
  • Register with the Selective Service (if applicable)
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress once enrolled in school
  • If applicable, may not be in default on a loan previously received for college expenses nor owe a refund on a scholarship, grant or loan from a previous enrollment period.

Note: Students admitted to the University under a “special” status provision are not eligible to receive financial aid. 

Deadline Summary

  • March 15 - FAFSA (Free Application for Federal student Aid) must be processed in order to be considered for the NC Student Incentive Grant and NC Grant.
  • April 1 - Priority filing date for financial aid for the fall term or academic year
  • April 15 - Priority date for applying for financial aid for summer school
  • July 1 - Signed award notification and promissory notes must be received by SSA in order for financial aid (grants and/or loan proceeds) to be available for fall registration.
  • Nov. 30 - Priority filing date for students whose first enrollment is the spring term
  • Dec. 10 - Signed award notification and promissory notes must be received by SSA in order for financial aid (grants and/or loan proceeds) to be available for spring registration.
NCCU complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all programs and activities (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) in the University's educational programs and activities. For additional resources or to file a Title IX complaint, visit the NCCU's Title IX webpage.
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