HCC has announced free tuition for curriculum students for the 2021/2022 school year! Through a series of funding sources, we are in a position to remove as many financial barriers for students as possible.

Ready to get started? 

  1. Complete the admission process found on our Getting Started webpage.
  2. Complete the FAFSA application.
  3. Complete the HCC scholarship application.
  4. Meet with your Success Coach to get ready for fall.
  5. Enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours.

Award amounts vary based on specific need. Students may receive funds from several sources in order to cover their in-state tuition and institutional fees. Additional assistance may be available to cover expenses such as technology, transportation, and/or childcare. Separate funds are available to help support continuing education students based on availability and eligibility. Funding sources include:

Longleaf Commitment

North Carolina has developed a grant program for 2021 high school graduates**. There is not a seperate application for this grant, consideration for funding is automatic once the FAFSA is filed and local college verification is completed.

**New for Spring 2022- 2020 High School Graduates are now also eligible.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Graduate from a North Carolina high school in 2021
  • Be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes
  • Be a first-time college student (Career & College Promise and Early/Middle College High School students are eligible)
  • Enroll in a curriculum program during the 2021-22 academic year
  • Enroll in at least 6 credit hours per semester
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2021-22
  • Have an Expected Family Contribition (EFC) from $0-$15,000. (EFC is based upon student’s FAFSA determination).
  • Renew FAFSA for the 2022-23 academic year andmeet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements of the college.

Full-time eligible students are guaranteed to receive $700-$2,800 per year, for a total of two years. Less than full-time students may receive a partial award. The Longleaf Commitment Grant Program ends at the conclusion of the 2023 spring semester.
Additional Information from the NC College Foundation
Start your FAFSA application

Tuition Free Guarantee

The HCC Tuition Free Guarantee will pay for up to four semesters at the in-state tuition rate for any 2021 or 2022 qualifying high school graduate (public, private, homeschool, or HCC High School Equivalency graduate) from Haywood County who does not obtain the full amount needed through federal financial aid and/or scholarships. The guarantee will be applicable for up to two years (fall & spring semesters only) of enrollment as long as the student continues to meet our predefined criteria.

Tuition Free Guidelines & Qualifications

Federal Pell Grants

The Federal Pell Grant program is a federal program that provides funding for undergraduate students. Eligibility is based on financial need. Submission of the FAFSA is required for consideration.

Pell Grant Application Online

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant program is a federal program that provides money to a limited number of undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Awards range from $250.00 to $500.00 per academic year at HCC and are awarded based upon exceptional financial need criteria and the order in which Student Aid Reports are received that meet these criteria.

North Carolina Community Grant (NCCCG)

Eligibility: Must be a North Carolina resident enrolled for at least 6 credit hours per semester in curriculum programs. Eligibility is determined based on the same criteria as the Federal Pell Grant. Students not eligible for the Federal Pell Grant may be considered for this grant based on estimated family contribution as determined on the Student Aid Report. The amount per grant will vary according to financial need.

North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship (NCELS)

The NCELS program is available to legal residents of North Carolina who are enrolled for at least 6 credit hours per semester in a curriculum program; classified as an undergraduate in matriculated status in a degree, certificate, or diploma program at an eligible North Carolina Institution. Students are required to submit the FAFSA to be considered for this grant.

Federal Work Study Program

The federal work study program is a need based program offered to HCC students.  This program allows students to be paid while working a part-time job on campus. These funds are limited each year and placement is based on a first come, first served basis.  Please contact the federal work study coordinator at 828-565-4120 for information and placement. Application is available here.


Through the generosity of individuals, businesses, and civic organizations, scholarships are available to HCC students. These scholarships are established with gifts from donors to the HCC Foundation and are either endowed or annually funded. Criteria for awarding the scholarships are specified by the donors in conjunction with the college. Endowed scholarships are generated through the investment of permanently-held principals so that only the income from the principal is used for scholarship awards. This enables the scholarship to exist in perpetuity. Annually funded scholarships are those for which all funds are dispersed as scholarships rather than as long-term investments.

Most institutional scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need and scholastic achievement. A student must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for all scholarships awarded by HCC. To apply, students must complete the online scholarship application which is available on our Scholarships page. All students are encouraged to apply. Scholarship applications have varies due dates.  Students may continue to apply for scholarships as they become available. Scholarships are subject to change without notice.

Scholarships may be obtained from outside sources- you may view these opportunites here .

Payment Plan

Haywood Community College also offers a payment plan for tuition and fees.  Although this is not a form of financial aid, it is an alternative to those students who are not eligible for financial aid.  The payment plan is through Nelnet and more information may be found here.


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides a program of financial assistance for the education and training of veterans, reservists, and their dependents who meet the federal criteria. The State Approving Agency approves the curriculum programs for VA benefits.

Haywood Community College is approved for the following VA Educational Programs:

  1.  Post 9/11 G.I.Bill (Chapter 33)
  2. Montgomery G.I.Bill (Chapter 30)
  3. Chapter 1606 for Reservists
  4. Chapter 1607 (REAP)
  5. VA Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)    
  6. Chapter 35 - Dependents of qualified veterans                     

Please see our Veterans Services page for details.

Other Agencies and Resources

In addition to applying for financial aid through HCC, it is suggested that students make themselves aware of programs through the Veterans Administration, Vocational Rehabilitation, N.C. Commission for the Blind, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the N.C. Employment Security Commission. Referral information is available through the Financial Aid Office.

For information on local scholarships and loans it is suggested that students contact their high school guidance counselors.