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Earlier this year, the NC Community College System received $25 million through the Governor’s Pandemic Relief Office to award to eligible 2021 high school graduates in the form of Longleaf Commitment Grants.

Now, eligibility for the Longleaf Commitment Grant has been expanded to 2020 high school graduates.

Longleaf Commitment Grants provide between $700– $2,800 to recent high school graduates to cover the cost of tuition and fees for up to two years at any N.C. Community College.

Staff at Fayetteville Tech’s Financial Aid Office are available to answer questions regarding the Longleaf Commitment Grant, as well as other financial assistance opportunities. Contact the FTCC Financial Aid Office at 910-678-8242 or

In order to receive the Longleaf Commitment Grant, full-time students must follow these steps and meet the eligibility requirements.

  • Apply for admission to any North Carolina community college
  • Complete the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) submission process
    Note – The FAFSA and enrollment information are used to determine eligibility. There is not an application specifically for the Longleaf Commitment Grant. 

Eligibility requirements:

  • Graduate from a N.C. high school in 2020 or 2021
  • Be a N.C. resident
  • Be a first-time college student [Career & College Promise (CCP) and Early/Middle College High School students are eligible]
  • Enroll in a curriculum program during the Spring 2022 academic year
  • Enroll in at least six credit hours per semester
  • Complete the FAFSA for 2021-2022
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from $0 – $15,000 (“EFC” is based upon a student’s FAFSA determination)
  • Renew the FAFSA for the 2022-2023 academic years and meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements of the college

The NC Longleaf Commitment grant program is a partnership between the NC Governor’s Office, NC Community College System, and the State Education Assistance Authority.