Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grants are federally funded and awarded to undergraduate students seeking their first undergraduate degree and have exceptional financial need.  Pell Grant amounts are directly related to the student’s Expected Family Contribution, determined by the federal government, and may change each academic year.  Pell Grants are available to full and part time students enrolled in at least six credit hours.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants are federally funded and awarded to low-income undergraduate students.  Priority is given to students who are also Pell eligible.  Similar to Pell, FSEOG amounts are directly related to a student’s EFC, but because funding is limited, amounts are determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid.


The FWS Program provides funding for part-time jobs for students with financial need.  Most students work approximately 14 hours per week.

Federal TEACH Grant

Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants of up to $3,708 per year for eligible students.  In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, students agree to serve as a full time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.

University of North Carolina Need-Based Grant

UNC Need-Based Grants are awarded to eligible students attending one of the 16 campuses of the UNC system.  Eligibility is based on a state performed calculation of need using income data gathered from the FAFSA.  Funding is limited.

North Carolina Education Lottery

NC Education Lottery Scholarship was created by the 2005 General Assembly to provide assistance to need North Carolina resident students attending eligible colleges and universities located within the state of North Carolina.

State Appropriated Grant (SAG) and Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG)

State Appropriated Grants and Tuition Assistance Grants are awarded to students that complete the FAFSA by March 1 and demonstrate financial need.  Award amounts are determined based on funding availability which is extremely limited.

Grant Awards

Please keep in mind that most grant awards are disbursed based on the number of credit hours enrolled.  Any changes to a student’s class schedule that occur before the last day to add or drop a class may cause your grant awards to be adjusted and you may see multiple adjustments on your student account.

If grants are posted to your account as a full-time student and you drop to less than full-time after your financial aid refund is issued, you may owe a portion of your refund back to the University. 

Here is information on grant disbursement based on the number of credit hours enrolled each term:

Grants that are prorated based on the number of credit hours enrolled

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
  • Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG)
  • TEACH Grant

Grant awards that are halved for less than full-time enrollment (6-11 credit hours)

  • UNC Need-based Grant
  • NC Lottery Scholarship

Grants that require full-time enrollment and North Carolina residency (12+ credit hours)

  • State Appropriated Grant (SAG)