Students eligible for CARES aid!*

Stimulus Emergency Payments for Students – up to $1,800 in Additional Help for Spring!

NC State has awarded $2.3 million in stimulus emergency grants to hundreds of students. Given the ongoing pandemic, Congress has passed additional legislation providing even more emergency aid to students. NC State has responded with a plan to auto-award grants for spring 2022. Most post high school students who have filed a 2021-22 current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be eligible.

Student Type: Pell Eligible 12+ hours
: $1,800
Spring 2022: $1,800
Student Type: Pell Eligible 7-11 hours
: $1,250
Spring 2022: $1,250
Student Type: Pell Eligible 6 or less hours
: $500
Spring 2022: $500
Student Type: Not Pell Eligible 12+ hours
: $1,300
Spring 2022: $1,300
Student Type: Not Pell Eligible 7-11 hours
: $750
Spring 2022: $750
Student Type: Not Pell Eligible 6 or less hours
: $300
Spring 2022: $300

If you have any questions not answered below, please email or call 419-755-4761.

    • These are emergency grants for students contained within stimulus legislation passed by Congress in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

    • Students enrolled at NC State College in a major eligible for federal financial aid. Students still in high school are not eligible, though former College Credit Plus students that have enrolled after high school can be eligible. Currently enrolled students must be making satisfactory academic progress in line with federal financial aid rules – including grades for spring term.
    • Spring 2022 students must have a 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the college – even if the student is not eligible for federal aid. Note that an individual may first wish to check basic eligibility requirements for filing a FAFSA, which includes submission of a high school diploma, GED or equivalent credential.
    • Spring term students will need to be enrolled by the end of the first week of the term to qualify for the aid. The level of enrolled credit hours at the end of February will determine final award amounts.

    • Yes, there is no exclusion based on receiving a prior award.

    • Paying tuition and fees. Note that students can opt-in to directly credit their student account. Only “opt-in” if you wish the college to directly credit your account instead of mailing a check.
    • Other living expenses such as food, housing, vehicle repair, technology, course materials, health care and child care.

    • Spring term students that desire a direct payment will receive checks in early March, upon confirmation of enrollment. Students should opt-in by January 28th.

    • Students that desire to have funds applied to their bill for spring 2022 should first fill out the opt-in form to alert the college of their desire. Unfortunately, federal law prohibits NC State from applying these funds in advance as they can only be awarded to students actually enrolled for that term.
    • However, a student can get on a tuition payment plan and have the stimulus apply to the third installment payment on due March 1. Anything emergency grant aid left over would be refunded to the student.
    • Students wishing to discuss payment plan options should contact the cashier’s office at 419-755-4722.

    • The opt-in could cover any tuition and fees on your account, with the exception of books and educational materials purchased through the campus bookstore.

    • NC State feels this is the safest means to ensure against unintended use of student funds between academic terms.

    • Yes, unlike the first stimulus this new legislation allows fully online students to receive grants.

    • For unique situations like this, students should contact the cashier’s office at 419-755-4722 to discussion options.

    • NC State intends to ask for an extension of unspent stimulus funds after it issues spring awards. It has to wait until this time to request the extension from the federal government.

    • Students may be able to access other options for emergency help. NC State programs for emergency laptop loaners, an on-campus food distribution, and even small emergency grants/loans through the NC State Foundation. Further, it has outside partnerships with community organizations that can provide for basic needs. We encourage all persons to inquire through

    • According to the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators based on conversations with the federal Department of Education that grants awarded to students are not treated as EFA when packaging students. Likewise, emergency grants are not treated as taxable income or untaxed income for Title IV federal student aid purposes.

    • An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. North Central State College submitted the signed Certification and Agreement for the student aid portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund to the Department of Education on April 14, 2020. The Grant Award Notification was received on April 21, 2020. North Central State College intends to use at least 50 percent of its total CARES Act funds to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to eligible students. The entire agreement is available here. (PDF)
    • The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. $4,062,372.
    • The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter). As of 09/30/2021 – $2,307,314.
    • The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. As of 2/1/2021 – 642 Students
    • The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. As of 9/30/2021 – 2,458 Students
    • The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. See “Distribution Formula” and “How will funds be distributed” above.
    • Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants. This information is provided in numerous sections above.