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The Next NC Scholarship is a North Carolina state financial aid program that fully covers tuition and fees for many North Carolina community college students from families/households making $80,000 or less each year. Eligible students attending Blue Ridge Community College will receive up to $3,000 per year, and the scholarship award can also fund books, food, and housing. 

The best part? It’s money that doesn’t have to be repaid. It’s enough money to earn a tuition-free degree. 

The scholarship combines the federal Pell Grant with the state-funded financial aid program to form a simplified and predictable scholarship award that is easier to understand and makes education more affordable. This allows a greater number of North Carolinians to pursue a degree.

Applying is simple.
Current and incoming Blue Ridge Community College students must simply complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and enroll for the upcoming academic year to automatically be considered for the scholarship. If you’re eligible, you’ll receive the Next NC Scholarship. There are no additional forms to fill out.

Get started on your FAFSA y apply today!

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The Next NC Scholarship priority filing date for Blue Ridge is August 5, 2024. Please note: This scholarship is for curriculum students enrolled in a degree, diploma, or certificate program.

Next NC Scholarship Eligibility

To receive the Next NC Scholarship, students 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, including all associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates requiring 16+ hours to complete.
  • Taking at least 6 credit hours per semester (part-time students will receive a partial award)
  • Meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards of the school you plan to attend
  • 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 at the college/university you plan to attend will determine and confirm eligibility.)

Detailed eligibility requirements are available at  


Oficina de Avuda Financiera

Campus del Condado de Henderson
180 West Campus Drive
Flat Rock, NC 28731

Código escolar: 009684

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