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Anyone interested in receiving federal grants, work study, loans or scholarships must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Pell Grant $1600 - $5550
Per year Federal Pell Grants are awarded to students based on need. Need is determined by a number of factors including but not limited to the income level of the student and parent(s), the number of people in the household and the number of class hours for which the student enrolls. Grants do not have to be paid back.
S.E.O.G. Grant $300-$600 Per year
Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants are awarded to students who are Pell Grant recipients and have very high levels of need. Need is determined by the same method as the Pell Grant. Award amounts fluctuate with funding levels. Early FAFSA applicants receive first priority.
Work-Study $1,500-$3,000 Per year
The work study program offers students the opportunity to work in various positions on campus to help pay the costs of their education. Positions are 10 hours per week and include areas such as clerical support, maintenance, food service, library, and janitorial. Positions are limited, so apply early.
Stafford Loans $5,500 - $12,500
Students with Independent status are eligible to borrow Unsubsidized Stafford loans depending on grade level. The yearly maximum amount for Stafford loans is $12,500. Federal Stafford Loans are available to students who meet eligibility requirements. These types of loans which are made in the student's name, offer low interest rates and have deferred payments.

Dependent Students:
Independent Students:
PLUS Loan - Amounts Vary
Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) are available to parents who meet eligibility requirements. The loan amounts can be for the cost of attendance minus all other student aid. Payments begin 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed.

New Hope Awards
Honors Grant $1000-$6000
High school students and 1st year transfer students with a GPA of 3.5+ may be eligible for a grant of up to $6,000.
Ministerial Family Grant$1500
Available to full-time students who are dependents of a licensed minister.
Ignite Team Leader $1,500
Available to returning students with leadership capabilities who are selected as dorm leaders.
Married Student Grant $1500
Available to students when both the husband and wife are enrolled at least 12 credit hours, a grant of $750 will apply each semester.

NHCC Scholarships (Amounts Vary)
Deadline for returning and incoming students to apply for scholarships is February 28th. You must be an accepted student to be eligible to apply for scholarships. A scholarship application is available through the Financial Aid Office.

If you have any questions e-mail the Financial Aid department at