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Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions


Title IV School
Code: 005313







The feds say no aid for non-essential courses.

The U.S. Department of Education is tightening rules for financial aid eligibility.  For courses to count for financial aid purposes, they must now be required courses listed on your degree audit.

Students can no longer take courses just to increase the amount of their financial aid.  The College’s computer system “knows” what courses are required for your major, and will base the amount of your financial aid only on those.  You may be enrolled in nine credit hours, but if a three-credit hour course is not required for your degree, the computer will calculate your aid on only six hours.

Changes of major and course requirement substitutions must be made by the Monday of the second week of the semester to be recognized for financial aid purposes for the current semester.

 If you have any questions as to what classes are required for your major, it is imperative that you consult with your faculty advisor or a success coach in the Student Success Center.


NOTICE-- Not all classes begin in the first week of the semester. If you are enrolled in a late start class, your financial aid may be affected. Students are not eligible for aid for a late start class until it begins. If you receive aid for a late start class and drop that class before it starts you may be required to repay the aid you recieved for the class. Refuns fo excess aid for a late start class may be made later than refunds for classes that start at the beginning of the semester.


Financial Aid Office Mission Statement

To identify and help secure funding which enables attendance at the College by academically capable, yet financially in-need individuals, while maximizing resources and fully complying with applicable federal and state laws. 

Applying for Financial Aid

All Financial Aid Recipients:
  • Must be admitted to North Central State College and enrolled in a degree-granting program
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Must be registered with Selective Service if 18-25 years of age (males only)
  • Must be making satisfactory academic progress towards a degree

Eligibility for most types of financial aid is based on a student's demonstrated need. Even students with no need, however, can receive student loans. The extent of student need is determined through an analysis of the income and assets of the student's family. Most students can qualify for enough aid to pay for all of their tuition expenses. A number of students may receive enough aid to pay for books.

The Application Process

When this general process is complete, your eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant and Federal Student loans will be determined.

Step 1
Fill out a FAFSA or Renewal Application. You may fill out a FAFSA application online with help available at 1-800-4FED-AID. If you need additional help or information contact the Financial Aid Office at 419-755-4899.
Step 2
Submit your High School/GED documentation. All federal aid applicants must prove that they are high school graduates or GED recipients. A copy of your final high school transcript, or GED certificate can be used. Submit documentation to the Admission's Office.
Processing Time

Approximately one month is required to process the request for financial aid. The federal student aid processor will mail/email you a Student Aid Report (SAR) explaining your eligibility, our office will also contact you regarding your award or additional information required.


The federal processor selects many financial aid applicants for verification. This is a procedure through which the College is required to check the accuracy of some of the items on your FAFSA. If you are selected, you will need to submit to the College certain financial documents including, but not limited to a tax return transcript from the IRS. The Financial Aid Office will instruct you on exactly what is needed.

Special Circumstances

If your family income drops significantly from what was reported on the FAFSA or if your family incurs large and unusual expenses, contact the Financial Aid Office. It may be possible to have your eligibility for financial aid re-evaluated and based upon your current financial situation. Please contact our office for forms and instructions. This process is lengthy, please be aware this process cannot be completed immediatley.

Award Letter

After the financial aid process is complete, an award letter will be mailed/emailed out showing an estimated amount of aid you will receive each semester if you attend full-time. The actual amount of your aid will be established after you have registered for and attended class. You may also access this information on your MyNC account

  • Aid may be adjusted throughout the year as additional information, awards, funding, or scholarships are applied.
  • If your aid award does not entirely pay for tuition and expenses, you may decide to apply for additional Federal Direct student loan, Federal Work Study or NC State Scholarships. Processing a student loan takes an additional ten business days.
  • You must be seeking to earn a degree or eligible certificate at NC State to receive aid here.  You must also declare a major (the specific academic field you wish to study) to be aid eligible.  Only classes required for your major/degree/eligible certificate count when determining aid eligibility.  If you enroll for courses which are not required for your major, you will have to pay for them out of pocket.    Transient students or those “just taking classes” are not eligible for aid at NC State.
  • It is your responsibility to know what courses are required for your academic program and to know what catalog year determines your course requirements.  Log on to MyNC, and under either Academic Profile or Advising Information select Program Evaluation.  Select your major and hit submit.  The courses required for you to graduate along with the courses you’ve already taken will be displayed.
  • Changes of major and course requirement substitutions must be made by the Monday of the second week of the semester to be recognized for financial aid purposes for the current semester.


   Financial Aid Office


 Information Inquirys


General information may be obtained from our office. However to ensure confidentiality, specific details about a student's financial aid award may only be obtained in person.
Call 419-755-4899


Appointments not required, we are happy to assist you on a walk-in basis.

Important Information

Students are encouraged to view their financial aid awards and information on their MyNC.

The college also communicates via your NC State student email address.


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