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Countdown to College with a lottery scholarship

October 12, 2020 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:49 AM

To win a lottery prize, you’ve got to buy a ticket. If you want to see your student win an Education Lottery Scholarship, then they have to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid form.

Filling out the FAFSA isn’t any harder than learning how to play Pick 3 or Keno. And there’s a lot of help for you if you need it.

The help begins this month – all of October – with a statewide campaign called NC Countdown to College. Check it out here.

Since part of the money raised by the lottery – $41 million this year – goes to scholarships and grants, we wanted to help get the word out on how you can get your share of that.

Lottery scholarships are different than those awarded based on merit because they are awarded based on need.

If you like the odds, how’s this for a shoe-in? Students who complete the FAFSA are far more likely to attend a state university or community college.

So, don’t miss out on your chance at affordable, or even free, college. Your student’s ticket to a scholarship or grant to help pay for it begins with filling out your FAFSA.


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1/21/2021 05:49 - GAIL L.

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10/26/2020 01:25 - Norman Y.

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10/21/2020 01:26 - Kim L.

My daughter won’t graduate high school until May if 2022. Should she go ahead and fill out an application? Thanks, KimNC Lottery
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10/13/2020 10:30 - joy w.

My daughter has already completed her FAFSA dose she still qualify? NC Lottery
Hi Joy, She will find out if she qualifies for any Education Lottery Scholarship dollars by completing her FAFSA, so she should be all set!

10/13/2020 09:45 - Luisa M.

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10/13/2020 08:08 - jarrin b.

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10/12/2020 09:10 - Jean A.

My granddaughter entered college fall of 2020. She has deep needs financially, but managed to get merit scholarships for most of the cost combined with fafsa and a small loan. Can she be helped for future semesters and years?NC Lottery
She is encouraged to complete the FAFSA to see if she qualifies for any additional assistance!

10/12/2020 03:18 - HECTOR S.

If I already filled it out last month, do I still qualify?NC Lottery
Hey Hector, Nice work! You can check on the status of your application here:

10/12/2020 10:48 - daniel b.

how do i apply?NC Lottery
Hey Daniel! All you need to do is fill out your FAFSA. If you are awarded a lottery scholarship, your school will let you know!

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