State Funding Sources

New: Next NC Scholarship 

NC Next Scholarship

The Next NC Scholarship is a financial aid program that helps most North Carolinians from households making $80,000 or less pursue higher education by fully covering tuition and fees at Johnston Community College (JCC). The best part? It’s money that doesn’t have to be repaid.

As a student of Johnston Community College (JCC), you will receive at least $3000. The scholarship award can be used for things beyond tuition, including things like fees, books, food, and housing.

Students with the greatest need for financial aid could qualify for additional funding to help make paying for college more manageable.

To receive the Next NC Scholarship, you must be:

  • A North Carolina resident who is eligible for in-state tuition
  • A high school graduate (high school equivalency completers are eligible)
  • From a household with an annual Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $80,000 or less
  • Enrolled in an eligible undergraduate curriculum program for the 2024-2025 academic year
  • Taking at least 6 credit hours per semester (part-time students will receive a partial award)
  • Meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards of JCC
  • A student who has completed the 2024-2025 FAFSA, with a resulting Student Aid Index (SAI) at or below 7,500 (once complete, the financial aid office will determine and confirm eligibility.)

How do I apply for the Next NC Scholarship? 

Applying is simple. Just submit the FAFSA form. If you’re eligible, you will receive the Next NC Scholarship. There are no additional forms to fill out.

North Carolina Longleaf Commitment Grant

*For prorated amounts for less than full-time enrollment, view the NC Longleaf Commitment Grant Program (PDF)

2023 Graduates Enrolling for the First Time in Fall 2023 or Spring 2024

The Longleaf Commitment Grant (LCG) has also been expanded to include a grant award of $700 to $2800 to support eligible 2023 North Carolina high school graduates who enroll for the first time in fall 2023 (2023FA) up to four semesters. The grant does not cover summer terms and does not extend beyond Spring 2025. If a student begins enrollment in the spring 2024, their grant is only guaranteed for 3 semesters as the program will end in the spring of 2025.

A student(s) must meet the following criteria:

  • NC resident for tuition purposes and as determined by Residency Determination Service (RDS).
  • Have graduated or expected to graduate high school during the 2022-23 school year
  • First enrolled in Fall 2023 or Spring 2024 (students who have earned college credit through Career & College Promise (CCP) and Early/Middle College high school and have now graduated high school are also eligible)
  • Complete the FAFSA and renew the FAFSA for subsequent year(s).
  • Must have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) below 15,000.
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards as determined by your college.
  • Maintain enrollment in at least 6 credit hours per semester at a NC Community College.

2022 Graduates Enrolling for the First Time in Fall 2022 or Spring 2023

The Longleaf Commitment Grant (LCG) has also been expanded to include a grant award of $700 to $2800 to support eligible 2022 North Carolina high school graduates who enroll for the first time in fall 2022 (2022FA) up to four semesters beginning fall 2022 (2022FA), spring 2023 (2023SP), fall 2023 (2023FA) and spring 2024 (2024SP) semesters. The grant does not cover summer terms and does not extend beyond Spring 2024. If a student begins enrollment in spring 2023, their grant is only guaranteed for 3 semesters as the program will end in the spring of 2024.

A student(s) must meet the following criteria:

  • NC resident for tuition purposes and as determined by Residency Determination Service (RDS).
  • Have graduated or expected to graduate high school during the 2021-22 school year
  • First enrolled in Fall 2022 (students who have earned college credit through Career & College Promise (CCP) and Early/Middle College high school and have now graduated high school are also eligible)
  • Complete the FAFSA and renew the FAFSA for subsequent year(s).
  • Must have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) below 15,000.
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards as determined by your college.
  • Maintain enrollment in at least 6 credit hours per semester at a NC Community College.

How to get started

Apply for Admission at Johnston Community College and complete residency determination through the North Carolina Residency Determination Service (RDS).

Applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).