Types of Grants and Payment Breakdowns

The amount awarded on your award letter is for attendance in 12 credit hours of classes. It will be adjusted as indicated below based on the actual credit hours for which you enroll.


Example: Award $2000.00
*1-5 hours = ¼ of the award
1-5 hours = $500.00

6-8 hours = ½ of the award
6-8 hours = $1,000.00

9-11 hours = ¾ of the award
9-11 hours = $1,500.00

12+ hours = full award
12+ hours = $2,000.00

*Some students enrolled less than 12 credit hours may be ineligible for Pell Grant.

See the full 2020-2021 Pell payment breakdown here.

See the full 2021-2022 Pell Payment breakdown here.


Reminder, Summer Pell is back! Starting summer 2018 Pell grant rules allow students to receive additional Pell Grant funds and accelerate their academic careers to finish their program of study sooner. A student may qualify by enrolling in a minimum of 6 credit hours in his/her major for the summer session. If there is not 6 hours in the students major, please refer him/her to the ACC Foundation application. Students do need to enroll in 12 hours to be considered full time for Pell purposes. Please guide students on appropriate course load in summer. Attached is the notification given to students. You may click HERE for our Summer Pell Policy.

New NC Summer Accelerated Grant Program

A new Summer Accelerator grant program allows eligible Alamance Community College students to continue their studies over Summer 2022 and Summer 2023 for free. The grant provides up to $5,000 to cover tuition, fees, books, and other expenses based on the number of summer courses a student is taking.

To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:

  • A North Carolina resident
  • Enrolled in an academic program leading to a postsecondary degree or credential
  • Working towards their first postsecondary degree or credential

Eligible students for these grants will receive notification from the ACC Financial Aid Office.



(Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant)

You must be enrolled in a minimum of 1 credit hours to receive this grant. Your payment will not be adjusted.


(North Carolina Community College Grant)

You must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours.
6-14 hours = part of the award
15+ hours = full award
Some Estimated Family Contribution get NO award for less than 15 hours.
Please refer to this chart.

There are lifetime limits for this grant.  For more information, please click HERE


(North Carolina Education Lottery Grant)

You must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours.
6-11 hours = ½ award
12+ hours = full award
No award in summer.
Please refer to this chart.

There are lifetime limits for this grant.  For more information, please click HERE.


For more detailed information about the Child Care Grant Program, please click HERE.


Alamance Community College receives a very limited amount of funds from the State of North Carolina.  The rules of eligibility are determined by the State Board.  Typically Alamance Community College holds these funds to assist students with summer classes, since in most cases other grants are not available.

For the Less Than Half Time grant, students must be attending less than 6 hours, and have an EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) between 801 and 4000.  The maximum award is $76.00 per credit hour for a total of $380.00

For the Targeted Assistance Grant, students must be in a High Demand / Low Enrollment program.

The above stated grants will only be issued to students that qualify and have no other assistance to cover their direct tuition costs.  If a student receives funding at a later date, and they do not have an outstanding tuition balance, the funds may be adjusted.  Students are awarded by the Financial Aid office as needs are identified.  Students may request that their award be considered and priority goes to students that are currently enrolled.  For more information about these grants please click here.


The Longleaf Commitment is a grant program for 2020, 2021 and 2022 North Carolina high school graduates who will attend one of our state’s “Great 58” community colleges starting in the Fall 2021 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 2023 spring semester.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Graduate from a North Carolina high school in 2020, 2021, or 2022
  • Be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes
  • Be a first-time college student (Career & College Promise (CCP) and Early/Middle College High School students are eligible)
  • Enroll in a curriculum program during the 2021-22 academic year
  • Enroll in at least 6 credit hours per semester (Please refer to this chart)
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2021-22
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from $0 – $15,000. (“EFC” is based upon student’s FAFSA determination)
  • Renew FAFSA for the 2022-23 academic year and meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements of the college
How to get started
  • Applicants need to apply for admission at Alamance Community College 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 financial aid office on their Self Service account. This is a newly created grant, so please allow time for award letters to be sent in July 2021.

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