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Institutional Scholarships
Institutional Scholarships

scholar.jpgAcademic scholarships range from $3000 to full tuition and are based primarily on academic performance.

All students are automatically considered for academic scholarships once they are granted admission to the College. Students are also encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for other forms of financial aid.

Need-Based Grants and Scholarships
Need-Based Grants and Scholarships
  • Federal Aid Programs
    • Pell Grant: Federal Pell Grants, unlike loans, does not have to be repaid. These grants are usually awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree.

    • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG): For students with significant financial need and the student must qualify for a Federal Pell Grant. The amount of this award at Catawba averages around $1000.

      *To receive federal need-based financial assistance at Catawba College, you must be accepted at Catawba College and make satisfactory academic progress toward a degree and you must show demonstrated financial need through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must file this form online at www.fafsa.gov.

 

  • State Aid Programs
    • North Carolina Need-Based Scholarship: Created by the 2011 North Carolina General Assembly, this need-based program is for NC residents attending private, higher education institutions in NC. Students must be enrolled as an undergraduate for at least nine credit hours to be eligible.

    • North Carolina Golden Leaf Scholarship: The Golden LEAF Scholars Program is designed to assist current high school seniors and North Carolina community college transfer students. Recipients must be from certain rural counties, demonstrate both financial need and merit, and plan to attend participating North Carolina colleges and universities.

      *To receive state need-based financial assistance at Catawba College, you must be accepted at Catawba College and make satisfactory academic progress toward a degree and you must show demonstrated financial need through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must file this form online at www.fafsa.gov.

 

  • Institutional Need-Based Scholarships
    As a college recognized for serving a high percentage of low-income and first-generation students, the Financial Aid Office may award an Institutional Need-Based Scholarship in order to help students cover their unmet need. A student's eligibility for this scholarship is determined by using information from Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and would be included in the initial financial aid award offer.

  • Outside Scholarship Opportunities
    Outside scholarships are gifts. They don't need to be repaid. There are thousands of them, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations.

 

Self-Help Aid
Self-Help Aid
  • Federal Aid Programs
    • Work-Study: The federal work-study program provides funds for part-time employment to help needy students to finance the costs of postsecondary education.

    • Direct Subsidized Loans are loans made to eligible undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need to help cover the costs of higher education at a college or career school. No interest is charged while a student is in school at least half-time, during the grace period and during deferment periods. Students that accept student loans will have to complete a Master Promissory Note or MPN and Entrance Loan Counseling at www.studentloans.gov. Please use your FSA ID and password to access this site.

    • Direct Unsubsidized Loans are loans made to eligible undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, but in this case, the student does not have to demonstrate financial need to be eligible for the loan. Students that accept student loans will have to complete a Master Promissory Note or MPN and Entrance Loan Counseling at www.studentloans.gov. Please use your FSA ID and password to access this site.

      *To receive federal self-help financial assistance at Catawba College, you must be accepted at Catawba College and make satisfactory academic progress toward a degree and you must show demonstrated financial need through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must file this form online at www.fafsa.gov.

 

  • State Programs
    • Forgivable Education Loan for Service (FELS): FELS provide financial assistance to qualified NC resident students who commit to work in critical employment shortage professions in NC and are enrolled in an approved education program. FELS loan recipients must sign a promissory note that will require them to seek loan forgiveness through employment in an approved position or repay the loan in cash. To apply for this loan, please visit www.cfnc.org.

      *To receive state self-help financial assistance at Catawba College, you must be accepted at Catawba College and make satisfactory academic progress toward a degree and you must show demonstrated financial need through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must file this form online at www.fafsa.gov.
Alternate Financial Aid and Payment Options
Alternate Financial Aid and Payment Options