NC Education Lottery Scholarship


The North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship (NCELS) consists of state funds established by the North Carolina General Assembly each year for low-income students enrolled in an eligible curriculum. Students with a bachelor’s degree are ineligible. The awards currently range from $130 to $3130, and is available for the Fall and Spring Semesters only. To apply for the NC Education Lottery Scholarship, complete the FAFSA.



Student must be a Resident of North Carolina.

Minimum Credit Hours

Student must be enrolled at least half-time (6-8 credit hours) in an eligible curriculum and maintain satisfactory academic progress standards as stated in the college catalog.


Student may charge tuition, fees, books, and supplies to the grant during registration. The balance of these funds will be included in your excess check on the designated check dates.

Availability of Funds

The availability of these funds are contingent upon the NC Legislature. The NCELS grant is not available for the summer semester.

Repayment Policy

You may be required to repay a percentage of these funds if you withdraw, drop out, or are dismissed from all classes prior to completing 60% of the semester. The Financial Aid Office will recalculate eligibility and you will be notified if there is a balance to repay.  If you charged books and other materials in the bookstore using federal or state aid, these charges will also be considered in the calculation.  You will be responsible for paying the outstanding balance after the calculation has been determined.  You will not be allowed to register for classes or receive a transcript until the outstanding balance is paid in full.  Withdrawing may also affect future financial aid eligibility.  Please speak to a financial aid staff before withdrawing from classes at SCC.

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