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Debt Free Degree?

It's possible at Mitchell for high school grads with NC Longleaf Grant!

Eligible 2022 North Carolina (NC) high school graduates may have their tuition and fees covered at Mitchell Community College for up to two years.

The Longleaf Commitment is a grant program for 2022 North Carolina high school graduates who will attend an NC community college starting in the Fall 2022 semester. High school graduates may be eligible to receive this grant–not a loan–to cover tuition and fees toward a degree or to attain transfer credit. In addition to any Pell Grant award, this grant is designed to provide financial support to low- to middle-income families, including those who typically would not be eligible for full Pell Grant funds. 

Full-time eligible students are guaranteed to receive $700 to $2,800 per academic year, for a total of two years. Less than full-time students may receive a partial award. The Longleaf Commitment Grant ends at the conclusion of the 2024 spring semester.​​​​​​​

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Eligibility Requirements

✔️ Graduate from a North Carolina high school in 2021

✔️ 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

✔️ 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 a student’s FAFSA determination)

✔️ Renew the FAFSA for the 2022-23 academic years and meet the
Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements of the college 

“This is a unique opportunity for recent high school graduates to earn a degree from Mitchell without student debt. Now is the best time to go to college–this type of grant for students is once-in-a-lifetime.”

Dr. Tim Brewer
Mitchell Community College President 

How to Apply

To learn more about and apply for the NC Longleaf Commitment Grant at Mitchell Community College, contact Financial Aid at

Students who are not eligible for the NC Longleaf Commitment Grant may be eligible for other scholarships and grant opportunities at Mitchell. Learn more about resources to help pay for college at or contact Mitchell’s Financial Aid Office at