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Wilkes Community College offers a broad program of financial aid including scholarships, federal, and state aid for students who qualify on the basis of need and/or academic potential.

Continuation of financial aid from one academic year to the next is not automatic. Students who plan to enroll in college for another year must re-apply for financial aid. The FAFSA and the WCC Scholarship application will be available on October 1 of the year preceding fall enrollment.

The WCC FAFSA code is 002983. Click here for NC residency information.

Complete the FAFSA
Apply for Scholarships

Contact Information

Wilkes Community College
Financial Aid
P.O. Box 120
Wilkesboro, NC 28697

1328 S. Collegiate Drive, Wilkesboro, NC

Phone: 336-838-6144
Toll Free: 866-222-1548

Financial Aid Calendar

  • December 6FAFSA Workshop in Financial Aid Office - Contact Lana Younger to register: Phone: 336-838-6144 or email ljyounger070@wilkescc.edu 9:00 am – 11:30 am
  • December 16Final Financial Aid Disbursement 2022 Fall
  • January 3First Day to Use Financial Aid in Bookstore
  • January 20Pell Recalculation Date 2023 Spring
  • January 24Last Day to Use Financial Aid in Bookstore
  • February 10First Financial Aid Disbursement 2023 Spring
  • February 10FAFSA Workshop in Financial Aid Office - Contact Lana Younger to register: Phone: 336-838-6144 or email ljyounger070@wilkescc.edu 9:00 am – 11:30 am
  • March 8Financial Aid Disbursement
  • April 12Financial Aid Disbursement
  • May 11Financial Aid Disbursement
  • May 22First Day to use Financial Aid in Bookstore 2023 Summer
  • June 8Last Day to Use Financial Aid in Bookstore
  • June 16Financial Aid Disbursement
  • July 19Financial Aid Disbursement
  • August 4Last Financial Aid Disbursement 2022-2023

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

In order to receive any type of financial assistance from Wilkes Community College students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA must be completed once each school year. At WCC the school year consists of fall semester, spring semester, and summer term.

Students will create an FSA ID username and password to sign the FAFSA. Dependent students must have at least one parent create and FSA ID username and password. These FSA IDs will be used each year the FAFSA is completed. It is important to keep your information in a secure location.

WCC FAFSA Code: 002983

Create Your FSA ID
Complete the FAFSA
Term FAFSA Deadline Documents Deadline
Fall Semester 16-Week Classes May 15 July 1
1st 8-Week Block May 15 July 1
2nd 8-Week Block TBD (contact Financial Aid) TBD (contact Financial Aid)
Spring Semester 16-Week Classes November 1 November 30
1st 8-Week Block November 1 November 30
2nd 8-Week Block TBD (contact Financial Aid) TBD (contact Financial Aid)
Summer Term 8-Week Classes May 1 May 30
1st 4-Week Block May 1 May 30
2nd 4-Week Block TBD (contact Financial Aid) TBD (contact Financial Aid)

FAFSA Workshops

WCC offers FAFSA Workshops to assist students and their parent with completion of the FAFSA. Students and parents must bring their FSA IDs and their tax returns with them to the workshop. Please check the financial aid calendar for upcoming FAFSA Workshops.

During the time that WCC is closed to the public, the Financial Aid Office will make every effort to assist students in completion of their FAFSA. If you are having problems completing your FAFSA, please call the Financial Aid Office at 336-838-6144 or email the staff as follows, based on the first letter of your last name:

Verification

Verification is the process used to check the accuracy of a student’s FAFSA. Not all financial aid recipients will be selected for verification.

The verification procedures are governed by the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and Subpart E of 34 CFR Part 66B “Verification of Student Aid Application Information Regulations,” published in Federal Resister on April 29, 1994 and November 29, 1994.

Your FAFSA may be selected for verification if:

  • You did not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing the FAFSA.
  • You used the IRS Data Retrieval Tool but changed some of the data on the FAFSA.
  • You were selected randomly by the Federal Government.
  • The submitted FAFSA application has estimated, incomplete or contradictory data.

If your FAFSA is selected for verification, you will be sent a letter and emails to your WCC email account from the WCC Financial Aid Office. These will explain what documentation is needed from you. You may also log into Self-Service and choose Financial Aid to see what documents/information is needed.

If you have been selected for verification, your financial aid application is not complete until all verification is completed.

Verification Forms

Verification forms are completed by year. You may have to submit verification documentation for multiple years in a row.

2022-23 Verification Forms

2021-22 Verification Forms

WCC Foundation Scholarships

Wilkes Community College Foundation scholarships are provided through the generosity of private donors or organizations in our community who support our students and programs.

Priority Deadlines for Scholarship Applications:

  • 2023 high school graduates: June 1
  • All others: July 1

All scholarship applications and a completed FAFSA must be in our system by July 14, 2023, to qualify for awards for the 2023-2024 academic year. If you are then selected for verification, all paperwork is due July 31, 2023.

WCC Scholarship Application Portal

Application Process

  1. Completion of the FAFSA is required to be considered for WCC Foundation scholarships. If you have not completed the FAFSA at the time the application is reviewed, we will not consider you for a scholarship.
  2. Visit the WCC Scholarship Application Portal and log in using your WCC username and password.
  3. Complete the general application. The system will use the information you provide to automatically match you with scholarships for which you are eligible, based on the criteria set by donors. This includes, but isn’t limited to, enrollment, GPA, and program. Be sure to answer all fields as accurately as possible so we can better award all scholarships.
  4. Make certain to complete each question and provide your electronic signature and date. Drafted/incomplete applications will not be considered.
  5. Click “Finish and Submit.” Once submitted, you should receive an email notification acknowledging that your application was accepted.
  6. Check your WCC student email regularly for updates on your scholarship application. If you are awarded a scholarship, an offer will be included as a part of your notification email. Your notification email will prompt you to accept your scholarship offer.

Awards

Scholarships will be awarded between June 1 and August 1. You must accept your scholarship offer by logging back into the scholarship portal after being notified. You must also complete a post-acceptance questionnaire (thank you letter) after you accept your award. This allows our donors to see your acceptance and appreciation. You will not be awarded if you have not accepted your award AND completed the post-acceptance in the scholarship portal. You may also decline scholarship awards if you so choose.

Scholarships awarded by the WCC Foundation may only be used to attend Wilkes Community College. They are not transferable to any other college, university, or institution.

Click on a scholarship below to learn more, including benefits and eligibility requirements:

The WCC SAGE Fellows is a scholarship program that provides students with academic and financial support. It was established to remove barriers and guide students on a successful path toward graduation and career opportunities. Application deadline is March of each year. Interviews will be conducted in April of each year.

This scholarship was created in support of the college-wide strategic plan which includes scholarships, completion, and equity. Funding for the scholarship is raised by the Wilkes Community College Foundation annually.

Benefits

  • $4,000 scholarship over two years
  • Laptop
  • Dedicated advisor and peer mentor
  • Success and Study Skills
  • Class with your SAGE Fellows community
  • Access to all SAGE services
  • Exciting leadership development activities and opportunities

Who is Eligible?

Sage Fellows must meet the following requirements:

  • Enroll full-time at WCC (12 hours minimum)
  • Participate in program requirements
  • Attend the Summer Welcome Event in August
  • Live in Wilkes, Ashe, or Alleghany counties
  • Complete English and Math for first year
  • Meet regularly with advisor and peer mentor
  • Maintain good academic standing

Preference will be given to applicants who are first in their family to go to college or who experience financial barriers to college enrollment.

For questions concerning the program, please contact:

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Angela Roten, MS
Dean of Instructional Support Services
Phone: 336-838-6535
awroten402@wilkescc.edu

The Step Up Leadership Scholarship is a scholarship program designed to assist students enrolled full time at Wilkes Community College who demonstrate financial need with an opportunity to develop social and leadership skills through lunch and learn sessions, mentorships, and career preparation.

The scholarship is funded by the WCC Foundation Henry Moore Scholarship Golf Classic held each October.

Benefits

  • $1,000 per year scholarship
  • Leadership activities and opportunities
  • Mentorship and meetings with President Jeff Cox twice a year
  • Opportunities to participate in special events associated with Wilkes Community College as designated by the scholarship coordinator
  • Exam survival kits and more

Who is Eligible?

  • Current high school student (2 selected from each school in our service area)
  • Students enrolled full-time (12 hours minimum)
  • Students having an unweighted GPA of 2.8 or higher (2.5 GPA to renew for the second year)
  • Students who demonstrate financial need and complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • Students who are committed to completing program requirements

How To Apply

The Step Up Leadership Scholarship is a renewable scholarship. Applications are selected each year and the deadline is July 1. To apply:

For questions, please contact:

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Ashley Van Hoy, BA
Scholarship Coordinator
Phone: 336-838-6237
aevanhoy492@wilkescc.edu

For more information about the Henry Moore Scholarship Golf Classic, contact:

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Denna Parsons, AAS
Development and Volunteer Specialist
Phone: 336-838-6262
dfparsons290@wilkescc.edu
 

WCC Education Promise is a two-year, last-dollar scholarship designed to ensure every qualifying student graduating from high school in Wilkes, Ashe, and Alleghany can get a college degree from Wilkes Community College tuition-free. This scholarship program makes sure every qualifying student is 100% covered for the roughly $2,571 annual cost for tuition and institutional fees.

Go to the WCC Education Promise page to learn more.

Other Types of Aid

Federal Pell Grants are the “foundation” of student aid.

  • FAFSA is required and must be completed each year.
  • Eligibility is calculated by the federal student aid processing center.
  • Applicant must be an undergraduate student who is enrolled either full-time or part-time and has not already earned a bachelor’s or professional degree.
  • Applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Recipients must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • FAFSA is required and must be completed each year.
  • Eligibility is determined by the WCC Financial Aid Office.
  • Recipients must have exceptional financial need.

NC Community College Grants are available to North Carolina residents who demonstrate financial need and are enrolled at a North Carolina Community College.