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North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship (NCELS)

The North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship (NCELS) is for North Carolina residents who:

  • Are enrolled at least half-time (six credit hours or more) in an eligible program
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC)* figure that falls within a range determined each academic year
  • Are making Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Meet eligibility requirements as deemed by the State of North Carolina

Deadline: Until funding is exhausted

Award amount: Determined by the state of North Carolina

NCELS is only available for fall and spring semesters and is not funded for summer terms.

*As defined by the Department of Education, the EFC “is a measure of your family’s financial strength and is calculated according to a formula established by law. Your family’s taxed and untaxed income, assets, and benefits (such as unemployment or Social Security) are all considered in the formula. Also considered are your family size and the number of family members who will attend college during the year. Your EFC is not the amount of money your family will have to pay for college nor is it the amount of federal student aid you will receive. It is a number used by your school to calculate the amount of federal student aid you are eligible to receive.”

For questions regarding NCELS, contact the Financial Aid Office at 910.695.3743.

Sandhills Community College, located in Pinehurst, is a comprehensive community college chartered in 1963 and is a member of the North Carolina Community College System.

North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship (NCELS)

This award is awarded to undergraduate North Carolina residents. Recipients are selected by the NC State Education Assistance Authority and College Foundation, Inc., based on the information provided by the student on the FAFSA. Students with EFC’s of 2001-5000 will be considered. The amounts of your NCELS depends on your EFC and your enrollment status (full-time, three-quarter and half-time). The NCELS is not available for the summer term or for less than half-time enrollment. Eligible students are allowed to receive NCELS for 10 full-time equivalent semesters.

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