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North Carolina Longleaf Commitment Grant

The Longleaf Commitment is a grant program for 2022 North Carolina high school graduates to attend one of our state’s “Great 58” community colleges. High school graduates may be eligible to receive this grant – not a loan – to cover tuition and fees toward a degree or to attain transfer credit. Full-time eligible students are guaranteed to receive $700 to $2,800 per academic year. Less than full-time students may receive a partial award. The Longleaf Commitment Grant ends at the conclusion of the 2024 spring semester.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Graduate from a North Carolina high school in 2022. (Students who completed an adult high school diploma or GED may also qualify.)
  • Be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes. Complete residency determination through the North Carolina Residency Determination Service (RDS).
  • Be a first-time college student [Career & College Promise (CCP) and Early/Middle College High School students are eligible].
  • Enroll in a curriculum program for the 2022 fall semester.
  • Enroll in at least 6 credit hours per semester.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2022-23 and subsequent academic years.
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from $0 - $15,000 (“EFC” is based upon a student’s FAFSA determination).
  • Renew the FAFSA for the 2023-24 academic years and meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements of the college.

How to Get Started

  • Applicants need to apply for admission at and complete residency determination through the North Carolina Residency Determination Service (RDS).
  • Applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • There is not a separate Longleaf Commitment Grant application, as consideration for funding is automatic once the FAFSA is filed and local college verification is completed. Eligible students will receive an award letter from the RichmondCC Financial Aid Office. Award letters will be sent out in July.

The Longleaf Commitment for High School Graduate Financial Aid is a partnership of the North Carolina Governor’s Office, Community College System, and the State Education Assistance Authority. Funds are being made available from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund through federal COVID-19 relief packages. Learn more at

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