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Scholarships & Student Aid

The purpose of the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid (OSSA) is to assist in the recruitment and retention of students by providing financial resource information and access to funding. The OSSA provides financial assistance and guidance through appropriate communication and learning activities that empower students to fulfill their academic aspirations.  The Office of Scholarships and Student Aid is committed to providing timely and exemplary service to its students and families. 

Financial aid is available in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and work study. Most federal and state funded financial aid programs are awarded on the basis of proven financial need. The OSSA ensures that funds are awarded in a consistent and equitable manner.  For each student who desires financial assistance, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed online at www.FAFSA.gov on January 1. The student must reapply each academic year for financial aid. Applicants should make sure the correct award year is selected and the school code of 002950 is listed in section six.  NCCU does not certify private loans. 

New FAFSA Verification Process:

In order to better serve you, the Scholarships and Student Aid Office at North Carolina Central University has partnered with CFI School Services (College Foundation Incorporated) to complete verification.   If you receive an email or letter from CFI School Services, please respond to CFI School Services immediately.  Failure to respond will result in a delay of your financial aid.  For questions, regarding the verification process, please go to www.sscwp.org or call 1-855-328-4400. 

Recent Federal Government Changes in the Financial Aid Process:

  • Biological and/or adoptive parents who are not married to each other and live together must provide information about both parents regardless of their gender.
  • Pell Grant maximum timeframe has been reduced to 6 years or 12 semesters.
  • Paper copies of tax returns are unacceptable, tax data must be transferred through the IRS Data Retrieval or a tax transcript may be requested from the IRS.
  • Federal and state funds will not cover courses repeated more than two times.
  • Maximum Timeframe for the Subsidized Stafford loan program is 150% of the program or 6 years. 
  • Grace period eliminated for loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2012 and before July 1, 2014.
  • Direct PLUS Loan borrowers who are denied after March 29, 2015 will now be required to complete the new PLUS  Counseling online at www.studentloans.gov.  This counseling is separate from the entrance counseling requirement for first time loan borrowers.                                                                                 
  • Beginning April 26, 2015, applicants will no longer need to submit personal information like Social Security number, name and date of birth to log in to the various Federal Student Aid systems. Rather, all applicants will create an FSA ID which consists of a username and password

For assistance in completing your 2016-2017 FAFSA, schedule an office appointment, via our online form.

Contact Information

Location: Student Services Building, 1st Floor, Suite 106
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 19496 Shepard Station, Durham, NC 27707
Telephone Number: 919-530-6180 ~ Fax Number: 919-530-7959 ~ Email: ssa@nccu.edu

For Customer Services Issues ONLY, email: ssacares@nccu.edu

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