Chatham County Promise

FREE?!?! Who doesn’t love free? But free college…wouldn’t that be a dream come true? Well, it is true! Right here in Chatham County! It is called the Chatham County Promise.

The Chatham County Commissioners voted in December 2018 to pass the Chatham County Promise, an agreement with Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) to fund up to two years of free tuition for residents graduating public high school, private school, and homeschool for the graduating classes of 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022.

The graduating student will attend Central Carolina Community College as a full-time degree or credential seeking curriculum student beginning the fall semester following his or her high school graduation.

The eligibility requirements are as follows:

-Resident of Chatham County for 12 months prior to the fall semester
-Successfully completed Career and College Promise
-2020 graduates: requirements are 2 courses or 6 credit hours
-2021 graduates and after: requirements are 4 courses or 12 credit hours
-Complete the FAFSA and submit all requested verification documents and complete CCCC’s Foundation scholarship application annually
-All steps must be completed and items must be received by July 23, 2020

Textbooks, supplies, and supplemental materials are not covered by these funds. All funding from federal and state grants, scholarships, and outside funding must be exhausted before Chatham County Promise begins paying. Chatham Promise works as a reimbursement program, where CCCC will bill county government for tuition costs and fees.

For questions about the Central Carolina Promise program, please contact 919-718-7368.

Article by: Jaime Detzi

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