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COVID-19 Update

In response to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s March 27 Executive Order, Sampson Community College will transition all student services and business operations to phone, email, web, and social media by 5:00 PM on Monday, March 30.
Access to campus buildings will then be limited to employees.
During this period, our goal is to continue to serve the needs of our students and the community by responding to emails and inquiries within 24 hours. Contact information can be found on the College’s online directory.
This order does not affect the College’s announced plans to resume all classes in online format effective Monday, March 30. Limited exceptions are provided for classes related to health and public safety .
For more up-to-date information on the College’s response to the Coronavirus, follow SCC on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
The College will continue to provide information on campus deadlines and important changes through VikingWire text alerts.

Sampson Community College remains open using an alternate operations model for instruction and services. The campus is open for business Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and closed on Friday. Staff are available on campus or from home by phone and email during these hours. Faculty are available through phone, email and Moodle.

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Sampson Community College is monitoring novel coronavirus (COVID-19) with updates from local, state, and national authorities. We will continue to provide necessary updates and information regarding the situation.


  • The College has moved the Easter Break originally scheduled for April 13-17 to next week, March 23-27.
  • All face-to-face curriculum courses will be suspended and transitioned to online instruction starting March 30.
  • Selected Continuing Education courses will continue instruction and training. Please contact the Continuing Education office at (910) 592-7176 for more information about specific courses.
  • The College is cancelling all May 2020 graduation and pinning ceremonies. We intend to postpone these events and celebrate our students’ achievements at a later date if permitted.
  • Students may expect more specific communication regarding courses to come from instructors.

CARES Act: Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Sampson Community College has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Funding Certification and Agreement for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. No less than 50% of the total funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) will be awarded directly to students.

Sampson Community College has received $516,966 from the Department of Education for emergency financial aid grants to students.

As of Tuesday, May 12, the College distributed $425,144.75 to students for “expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus”.

For the Spring 2020 semester, there are 797 curriculum students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.  Additional federal regulations require that the student be enrolled in at least one face-to-face, web-assisted, or blended class in order to qualify for CARES Act funding.

As of Tuesday, May 12, 462 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

In the College’s first phase of awarding, funds were automatically distributed to students to students who met the following criteria:

  • Enrolled or received a grade of WE for face-to-face, web-assisted, and blended classes that transitioned to online due to COVID-19
  • Enrolled in a Title IV eligible program at SCC during Spring 2020
  • Filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA
  • Not in overpayment or default status with Title IV funds, and no fraudulent loans
  • US Citizen or National or Permanent Resident
  • Registered with Selective Service (if applicable)
  • Valid Social Security Number
  • Verification of Financial Aid V5 and V6 requirements
  • No federal or state drug charges
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

The College used a formula allocation method that was driven by the credit hours impacted and EFC need as determined by the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Department of Education. The allocation amount for this population of students ranged between $275.25 – $1,663.25.

The College identified an additional 96 students who may be eligible but did not have a 2019-2020 FAFSA on file. These students were emailed on Tuesday, May 12 and encouraged to complete a 2019-2020 FAFSA by June 15, 2020.  Once received, the College will review and verify the FAFSA using the same eligibility criteria defined in the first disbursement and will automatically award eligible students using the same allocation formula.

The source of funds used to provide these awards was provided at the time that the College awarded or marketed to all eligible participants.

COVID-19 Vector 2

What Is the College Doing?

  • Sampson Community College housekeeping staff disinfect and clean frequently touched surfaces and objects around campus.
  • We collaborate and communicate with our local health department and state officials in order to stay updated on current plans and emergency operations.
  • We intend to keep students, faculty and staff updated through effective communication.
  • Most of all, public health and student safety are our number one priority.

What Can You Do?

Per recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Wash your hands often. Use warm water, soap, and wash for at least 20 seconds. We strongly recommend that you wash your hands after visiting a highly-population area.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Additionally, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as a keyboard, with disinfecting wipes.
  • Update us if you have traveled to any “hotspot” areas. We need your cooperation in order to keep our campus safe and health

COVID-19 Vector 1

Visit the CDC website if you have any other questions:

CDC Flyer 1, Stopping the Spread of Germs

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