Longleaf Commitment & Rockingham CARES

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Most 2022 high school graduates starting in Fall 2022 could receive a scholarship or grant! Please spread the word about these opportunities. There has never been a better time to be a student at RCC!

Grants for 2022 HS Graduates

NC Longleaf Commitment Grant

Most North Carolina high school graduates who earned a diploma in 2022 are eligible to receive state grant funds to attend a community college for free. The grant – not a loan – provides students between $700 and $2,800 per academic year toward a degree or to attain transfer credit.

Longleaf Grant Eligibility

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Graduate from a North Carolina high school in 2022. High School Equivalency completers such as GED, HiSET, and Adult High School are also eligible.
  • Be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes.
  • Be a first-time college student, including Career & College Promise (CCP) and Early College.
  • Enroll in a curriculum program during the fall 2022 semester.
  • Enroll in at least 6 credit hours per semester.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2022-23 and subsequent 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 year and meet the satisfactory academic progress requirements of the college.

How to Apply

  1. Apply for Residency. Use the NC Residency Determination Service (RDS) to apply for NC residency.
  2. Complete your RCC application. Use the same CFNC login and password you used for RDS.
  3. Schedule an admissions appointment. Use the linked calendar to schedule your meeting.
  4. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). RCC’s school code is 002958. The Longleaf Commitment Grant application is part of the FAFSA. By submitting your FAFSA you are also applying for the Longleaf Grant. There is NOT a separate Longleaf Grant application.


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