The federal government offers a number of financial aid programs, all of which require the student to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition, there are other general eligibility requirements, including registration for Selective Service for males aged 18 through 25 years. The information you provide on the FAFSA allows the federal government to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC, along with the school's Cost of Attendance, will determine the need-based programs in which the student is eligible to participate, and also how much funding in each program they will receive. Sometimes the application does not reflect a family's actual financial status because of special circumstances such as death, divorce or separation, disability, loss of employment or natural disaster. In such cases you should speak with your Student Financial Services Counselor to find out if a Professional Judgment to adjust your financial aid package is warranted.
The specific programs Queens participates in are listed below.
The Federal Pell Grant is available to students who are working on their first undergraduate degree. A federally approved formula takes family financial circumstances and the Cost of Attendance into consideration. The maximum Pell Grant for the 2016-2017 academic year is $5,815. To be considered for Pell Grant funding you need to fill out the FAFSA.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program (FSEOG)
The FSEOG is awarded to undergraduate students who have exceptional financial need and who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Priority is given to Federal Pell Grant recipients. The award amount is based on need and available funds. You can apply for the grant by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Federal Work Study (FWS)
Federal Work-Study (FWS) provides part-time jobs for students with financial need, allowing you to earn money to help pay education costs. FWS jobs are typically on campus. Positions are available to support community services initiatives in tutoring and literacy promotion. To be considered, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Eligible students will be awarded while funding is available and will receive an application to complete for specific job opportunities.
North Carolina Aid
North Carolina Need Based Scholarship
Provides assistance to North Carolina residents pursuing their first undergraduate degree who are enrolled in at least nine hours. Awards are granted based on the family's estimated family contribution as calculated on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and are subject to availability from the state.
The North Carolina Forgivable Education Loans for Service Program
Provides financial assistance in the form of forgivable loans to qualified students who are committed to working in North Carolina to lessen identified critical employment shortages; initially teachers, nurses and allied health professionals. Students must be residents of the state of North Carolina and meet loan eligibility requirements to qualify.
For additional information please visit the College Foundation of North Carolina at www.cfnc.org