Grants and Assistance Programs - Cleveland CC Shelby, NC

Grants and Assistance Programs

By completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aide (FAFSA) application, you are applying for all federal and state grants that CCC has to offer. Eligibility is determined by the EFC number given to you once you have completed your FAFSA.

Federal grants and programs:

Pell Grant

This grant is awarded to students who have not earned a bachelor’s degree or higher (undergraduate students) who demonstrate financial need. The maximum amount a student can receive from the Federal Pell Grant is $6,495 for the academic year. Federal Pell Grants are only available to students for six years. Once you have six years of full-time eligibility, you are no longer eligible for this grant.

Students’ aid will be adjusted according to enrollment status.

Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

FSEOG is awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. Pell Grant recipients receive priority for FSEOG awards; however, not all Pell Grant recipients will be chosen for this grant. The maximum amount a student will receive from FSEOG is $350 per semester. FSEOG is not awarded for an academic year; recipients are randomly selected each semester.

Work Study (FWS)

FWS provides part-time employment opportunities for eligible students to earn money to meet college expenses. This program requires an additional application, which can be accessed online or you can pick up an application in the Financial Aid Office. Learn more about the Work Study Program.

State grants and programs:


North Carolina Longleaf Commitment Grant

The Longleaf Commitment is a grant program for 2022 North Carolina high school graduates who will attend community college starting in the Fall 2022 semester. High school students may be eligible to receive this grant – not a loan – for tuition and fees toward a degree or to attain transfer credit. Full-time eligible students are guaranteed to receive $700 to $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 2024 spring semester.

North Carolina Community College Grant (NCCCG)

NCCCG provides funding to North Carolina residents enrolled in a community college who demonstrate limited or no eligibility for Federal Pell Grants. The maximum amount of NCCCG funds a student can receive is $2,600 for an academic year.

North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship (NCELS)

NCELS provides assistance to needy North Carolina residents enrolled at least half-time who demonstrate limited or no eligibility for Federal Pell Grants. The maximum amount of NCELS funds a student can receive is $3,768 for an academic year.

NCCCG & NCELS funding is determined based on enrollment status. Students’ aid will be adjusted accordingly. Please see Allocation Chart to determine your eligibility.

North Carolina Childcare Assistance Program

This program is available to eligible students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. It will assist in paying childcare funds for students who must have their child(ren) in childcare in order to attend college. This program requires the completion of the Childcare Grant Application. You can, also, pick up the application in the Financial Aid Office.

The maximum award for the Childcare Assistance Program is $80 per week. Childcare funds can either be paid to the daycare or the student (student must provide documentation of payment to the daycare). Payment is made on a monthly basis and is always deferred one month.

Selection for Childcare Grant is based on:

  • Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) derived by the FAFSA. The grant is given to the neediest students.
  • Your GPA is also considered during the selection process. The grant is given to the students with the highest GPA’s.
  • The number of children in daycare is also considered when selecting recipients for this grant.
  • Preference is given to renewal applicants pending a GPA of 2.5 or higher and an EFC of $4400.00 or lower.

Student Expectations:

  • The students must have their child(ren) in a legal/licensed facility in North Carolina.
  • Students must maintain at least half time enrollment in on-campus courses in an eligible program.
  • Must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as defined by the SAP Policy.

Information for Childcare Providers:

  • Any questions regarding Childcare Assistance should be directed to Deborah Young by phone at 704-669-4039 or email
  • The amount awarded to each student may or may not cover the full cost of childcare provided. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange payment for the difference in cost. Cleveland Community College will continue to pay according to the agreement as long as funds are available.
  • The student is responsible for turning in a Childcare Attendance Sheet each month. If Childcare Attendance Sheets are turned in late, students are not guaranteed to receive payment for the month.
  • Payment will be made on or about the fifteenth of the following month.
  • Increases in charges from the childcare provider may not change the student’s allocated amount for childcare assistance during the school year.
  • The Financial Aid Office has the right to terminate the agreement if guidelines are not followed.

Have questions or need help?

Financial Aid Office:

Phone: 704-669-4028
Fax: 704-669-4204

Office Hours:

Regular hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The office is open extended hours during peak registration periods. See the Academic Calendar for those dates and times.