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How to: Get money to pay for college

April 6, 2021 Posted by NC Lottery at 2:05 PM
Is your high schooler graduating this year? Then throw their hat in the ring for receiving money to pay for college by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form.
Their potential for receiving an Education Lottery Scholarship depends on it.
Our friends at the College Foundation of North Carolina have arranged for you and your teen to drive right up for one-on-one help in filling out the FAFSA.   FAFSA Drive-In events are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following Saturdays in April:
  • April 10 (Spanish assistance will be offered)
  • April 17 (Spanish assistance will be offered)
  • April 24

In a world of curbside pickups, consider this your curbside assistance for making paying for college a little easier.

These FAFSA Drive-In events are free. Just bring your own charged device (mobile or laptop) and masked volunteers will answer questions through your car window. WiFi will be provided at each site.

You can register here: FAFSA Drive-In Events | CFNC

As you know, the lottery supports education in a myriad ways. One of those ways is by funding scholarships to those who need it. Education Lottery Scholarships are awarded based on need, and filling out the FAFSA is what makes you eligible. Your senior could really win big this year. So, don’t miss out!


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4/24/2021 06:23 - Arlene S.

What about those individuals in school age 65 or older? Are there scholarships for them, what about options to pay off student loans for those age 65 years of age or older still in school?NC Lottery
Hi Arlene, the best way to find out what scholarships are available to any individual is to fill out a FAFSA. We don't have information on repaying student loans, but if you reach out to CFNC at they should be able to provide more info.

4/24/2021 05:25 - Coy S.

Can students who attend community colleges apply for these scholarships and are they required to live or be from NC. The courses are for electrical powerline construction and industrial wiring. stilwell51@yahoo.comNC Lottery
Hi Coy, The FAFSA is an application for federal student aid, so it is available nationally. We partner with CFNC which is an organization assisting North Carolina college students. If you are applying for college we recommend filling out a FAFSA to find out what resources are available to you.

4/24/2021 04:50 - Chrystal S.

Do you know about their being another fair or event. I had trouble signing in and really want to take advantage of this. My daughter had gotten denied by financial aid & I know this program would be a great deal to her for her major. She is trying to drop out of college. Cause of FAFSA she paid $1,000 out of pocket for classes and her books. I would hate for her to do that when she just graduated high school last year.Please Help, 984-218-0920 Ms. JOI. THANKSNC Lottery
Hi Chrystal, please reach out to the folks at CFNC. They should be able to assist you with your application.

4/24/2021 08:01 - Marilyn G.

"An NC..." is correct. It would be "A North Carolina..." but the letter "N" is pronounced the same as "in" or "en" so it equates to a word beginning with a vowel.

4/22/2021 01:26 - Betty O.

Is there a mailable form for the scholarsip to be filled out.?NC Lottery
Hi Betty, we recommend filling out the standard FAFSA form. After that, they will let you know what scholarships, including lottery scholarships, you are eligible for. Here is the link to the FAFSA website:

4/20/2021 01:54 - william w.

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4/20/2021 10:13 - Schanan J.

My daughter is currently a second semester freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill. Would she qualify to apply for a scholarship?NC Lottery
Hi Schanan, thanks for the question! We recommend filling out the FAFSA, which will let you know what scholarships and grants you are eligible for, including lottery scholarships. If you would like more information or help with filling out a FAFSA, attending the drive through events featured in the above blog story could be a great idea! Good luck!

4/19/2021 10:23 - Rich G.

How can a combination number of 103 hit 12 times last year and not hit once this year. Are you required to even up the numbers drawn. This is why people think this lottery is fixed.NC Lottery
Hi Rich, it is just a matter of luck. We do not manipulate or influence the numbers drawn in any way.

4/18/2021 05:15 - alex g.

I hope to win to better my self

4/14/2021 07:16 - Doug R.

Is this offer for only High School graduates?NC Lottery
Hi Doug, great question! These events are open to anyone who would like more information about the FAFSA process, or anyone who would like help filling out their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

4/12/2021 10:04 - Charles H.

It's Want a NC Education Lottery Scholarship, not Want an. You should've learned in grade school that it's an before words beginning with a vowel and a before words beginning with a consonant.

4/10/2021 08:26 - Marie O.

Great information to know and share!

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