2020 High School Graduates Can Apply for Longleaf Commitment Grants | Local News

WINTERVILLE – A program created this year to boost North Carolina’s economic recovery after COVID-19 has been expanded to give 2020 state high school graduates a chance to attend Pitt Community College tuition-free.

The change begins with the spring semester 2022 and gives full-time CCP students who meet the guidelines of the Longleaf Engagement Grant a chance to receive up to $ 2,800 per year for two years. Part-time students can receive partial scholarships if they are approved for the scholarship, which was previously only available to 2021 high school graduates.

By expanding eligibility to 2020 high school graduates, the NC Community College System (NCCCS) hopes to further increase enrollment by providing students who could not easily have pursued higher education previously with a more affordable option and better access.

“Education translates into opportunity, and with this expansion of the grant, we are excited to provide more opportunities to our diverse student populations across the state,” said NCCCS President Thomas A. Stith III. “North Carolina’s ‘Great 58’ Community Colleges are essential to the state’s economic recovery efforts and are well positioned to prepare the workforce needed today and tomorrow.”

The full list of eligibility conditions for the Longleaf Commitment includes:

  • Graduate from high school in North Carolina in 2020 or 2021.
  • Resident of North Carolina for education purposes.
  • First Time Student (Career & College Promise and Early / Middle College High School Students are eligible).
  • Enroll in a North Carolina community college for the spring semester 2022 and maintain at least six credit hours per semester while making satisfactory academic progress.
  • Complete a free application for federal student aid for the 2021-22 academic year and renew it for the 2022-23 academic year.
  • Have an expected family contribution of less than $ 15,000.

Using $ 31.5 million from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, North Carolina officials created the Longleaf Commitment Grant to deal with a sharp drop in the number of new students entering community colleges in the State during the pandemic. Thanks to the outreach activities of the NCCCS office and local efforts, community colleges in North Carolina have awarded grants to approximately 11,000 students to date.

The PCC Foundation sells customizable bricks to raise scholarship funds

With less than a week to #GivingTuesday, the PCC Foundation is encouraging community members to consider participating in the annual celebration of charitable giving by purchasing customizable bricks to honor loved ones.

Over the past nine years, many have considered the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to be #GivingTuesday. It’s a movement that has inspired millions of people around the world to give, collaborate and celebrate generosity.

“While there are many wonderful causes and charities to support #GivingTuesday, only one has helped CCP students achieve their personal, academic and professional goals in the past 48 years,” said John Bacon, manager. of the development of the CCP. “We hope our supporters will buy bricks with names and words of encouragement engraved on them to raise funds for scholarships that will help CCP students overcome financial obstacles and pursue higher education. “

Bacon said the bricks will go on sale Nov. 30 for $ 75 a piece or three for $ 200. Each brick has space for three lines (20 characters each) of engraving, he said, adding that they will be placed in a patio surrounding the base of the Pitt’s Ed and Joan Warren clock tower.

“We sold a number of custom bricks after the clock tower was built in 2015,” Bacon said. “They look really cool and have great tributes and messages of love and encouragement.”

An order form for the purchase of personalized bricks can be found on the “Ways to Give” page of the PCC Foundation website, pittccfoundation.com.

The “FAFSA Mondays” series continues in December

The PCC Financial Aid Office will host its next “FAFSA Mondays” program on December 6 to answer questions and help students complete the free federal student aid application forms for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The session will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Craig F. Goess Student Center, Room 120. Prior to attending, students must create a Federal Student Aid ID that gives them access to the online systems of the federal student aid and can serve as a Signature.

Students must also bring their 2020 income tax return in order to complete an FAFSA. Students who are dependent must provide the same information for their parents.

Spring semester payment deadline is approaching

The CPC registrar’s office reminds students that the payment deadline for the 2022 spring semester is fast approaching.

According to CPC Registrar Anita Tire, students who register for spring classes since October 4 must pay tuition and fees by 5 p.m. on December 3 or have their schedules removed.

Tire indicates that students can pay online by logging into their myPittCC account. She said they can also pay in person at the cashier’s office or through an installment plan offered by Nelnet Business Solutions. Students interested in this opportunity can register through their myPittCC accounts.

Students who have applied for financial aid must have a finalized price in place for the 2022 spring semester by the December 3 payment deadline in order to secure their schedules, Tire said. Those who do not have to pay out of pocket and wait for repayment through financial aid if approved.

Tire noted that students have real-time access to financial aid records through their myPittCC accounts. They can view details of their awards whether or not FAFSA forms have been received, whether they need to submit any additional documents, and whether they are making satisfactory academic progress to be eligible for ongoing financial aid.

The 2022 spring semester at PCC will begin on January 6.

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