Financial Aid

Wilson Community College offers a comprehensive program of student financial aid to assist students in meeting educational expenses. Reasonable educational expenses constitute the student's cost of attendance and include tuition and fees, room and board, books, supplies, transportation, miscellaneous personal expenses, and expenses related to maintenance of a student's dependents.

The student financial aid program at Wilson Community College is administered according to the nationally accepted principle that the family (meaning parents or those acting in place of parents, the student, and/or spouse) is primarily responsible for a student's educational expenses. Financial aid is available to fill the "gap" between the total cost of attendance and the amount the family can reasonably be expected to contribute.

Eligibility for financial aid is established by need analysis which is based on a comparison of the student's cost of attendance and the expected family contribution.

Need Analysis

Need analysis is a consistent, systemic way of measuring the ability of the family to finance the total cost of education and thereby determine eligibility for financial aid. This analysis is done by the US Department of Education and all applicants are treated fairly and equitably by law based on the information they provide. The analysis is based on information provided on the FAFSA application.

  • You may access the FAFSA at
  • The college code for Wilson Community College is #004845

In determining how much you and your family can contribute, a number of factors are considered. The information you provide for need analysis is treated confidentially and will include family resources. Family resources are the income and assets of the parents as well as the student's assets and income unless you are determined to be an independent student. All taxable and non-taxable income (Social Security, Child Support, Welfare, etc.) is included. Family resources may include the value of assets of parents such as the value of a farm or business, home equity, savings, stocks, bonds, and other real estate. Your answers on the FAFSA application for aid, and the required supporting documentation, will determine whether the student's parental or spousal information is considered in determining need. If you are an independent married student, this will include the income and/or assets of your spouse.

Allowances are made for taxes and Social Security deductions, medical or dental expenses not covered by insurance, a housekeeping allowance if both parents are working, debts and other obligations.

The student contribution is determined from the student's savings from a summer job, any special income (Veterans Educational Benefits, Social Security, etc.) and a percentage of the student's savings.

Other factors considered include the family size, any unusual expenses, and the number of family members in college.

From these factors, a need analysis determines how much you and your family can contribute and how much money you will need to finance your education.
The amount of a student's financial aid award is based on two things: (1) The expected contribution from the student's and/or the student's parents' resources, (2) The student's particular cost of attendance. The difference between resources and budget is the amount of aid the Student Financial Aid Office attempts to offer the student.

Types of Financial Aid

  • Grants including Federal Pell Grants, Academic Competitiveness Grants, SEOG, NC Community College Grants, NC Student Incentive Grants, and NC education Lottery Scholarships. Year-Round Pell is an option for some students and Pell Grants may be available for study-abroad programs in some cases.
  • Loans including Alternative Loans, Short-term Emergency Student Loans, and Half-Tuition Loans. The NC Legislature is also considering whether all member institutions of the NC Community College system should be mandated to participate in the Federal Direct Loan program. More information will be made available as soon as possible.
  • Scholarships are available that are funded by the state and by local businesses, families, groups, and the College Foundation. Applications forms, available on the College website, are accepted from mid-July through the first week of classes for the fall term. For specific dates, contact the Financial Aid Office.
  • College Work Study positions are available on a funds-available basis.
  • Childcare Assistance funds are available on a funds-available basis.
  • Veterans and dependents of veterans may be eligible for VA benefits.

General Eligibility

  • Be a United States citizen, permanent resident of the United States, or eligible non-citizen.
  • Be eligible with respect to registration with Selective Service and convictions for possession and/or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid.
  • Be enrolled in an eligible undergraduate course of study.
  • Be in good academic standing and meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards at the College.
  • Not be otherwise ineligible for aid based on established qualitative or quantitative standards.
  • Not owe a refund to the Pell Grant and/or the SEOG Grant programs, or be in default on a student loan.

See a member of the Financial Aid staff for more information.