Financial Aid at MCC

Information and tips for applying for various types of financial aid at Mayland Community College


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Students applying for financial aid should do so at least 9 weeks before the start of the semester for which they are applying.  Also, all student transcripts must be on file in the Registrar’s Office before financial aid can be processed. 

There are many factors affecting eligibility for financial aid, so all students are encouraged to apply, even if unsure about their eligibility. 

All applications for financial aid are available in local high school guidance offices and in the Student Development area of Mayland’s Gwaltney Hall.

If at any time you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Financial Aid Department by calling


The FAFSA application is used to determine eligibility for all federal aid, including:  Pell Grants, Federal Work Study, and the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG).  It is also used to determine eligibility for the North Carolina Community College Grant (NCCCG) and the North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship (NCELS).

Steps for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Step 1 – Apply online here for your FSA ID.  The FSA ID - a username and password - must be used to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites such as the FAFSA website.  Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents.  If you are a dependent, both you and a parent will need an FSA ID.  You will use the same FSA ID each time you apply for Federal Student Aid.

Step 2 - Collect the documents needed to apply, including income tax returns and W-2 forms.  A full list of what you need can be found at  Directions are available within the application for those not required to file taxes.  If you are a dependent, you will need parental information as well.

Step 3 -  Visit and log in using your FSA ID.  Complete the FAFSA online using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to populate tax information.  To use the IRS DRT, your taxes must already be processed by the IRS which can take up to four weeks if you filed electronically.  So, it is recommended that you file your taxes and then wait one month before completing the FAFSA using the IRS DRT.  The FAFSA should be completed at least 9 weeks prior to the start of the semester in order to receive Pell Grant funding in time to pay tuition and purchase books.  Be sure to include Mayland’s school code on the FAFSA:  011197.

Step 4 - After submitting your FAFSA, you will receive an email (using the email account listed on your FAFSA) from the Department of Education containing a link from which you can print your Student Aid Report (SAR).  The SAR is a print out of all the information you included on your FAFSA and also contains your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).   You will also receive an email or a letter from Mayland requesting additional documentation for the purpose of processing your FAFSA application.  Please respond promptly to ensure timely processing of your application.  Students must submit the FAFSA and all required documentation 2 weeks before the published deregistration date in order to guarantee processing of financial aid. If you do not have email or you do not hear from the college within two weeks of submitting your FAFSA, please contact the Financial Aid Department to check on the status of your aid.

Step 5 - Students who apply, submit all required documentation, and meet eligibility requirements will receive an award letter in the mail stating the amount of the award they are eligible to receive.  This amount is based on full-time enrollment (12 or more credit hours) and will be adjusted accordingly for students who attend less than full-time.  

Financial Aid Priority Deadlines

To ensure processing of financial aid before the last day to pay for both Priority Registration and Final Registration, students must submit the correct FAFSA and all required documentation to the Financial Aid Office on or before the priority deadline date for the registration period in which they registered.

Priority Registration Deadline:  June 30

Final Registration Deadline:  July 30

Students who fail to adhere to these priority deadlines should be prepared to pay out of pocket for tuition, fees and books, and then be re-imbursed on the next scheduled disbursement date after their financial aid is processed.​  In this instance, students are advised to consider Mayland's Tuition Payment Plan to help cover the cost of tuition until financial aid can be processed.

Tips for completing your FAFSA:

  • “Help” buttons on every page of the FAFSA application will take you to additional help.  Click the “Live Chat” button between 8:00am and midnight to chat with a representative.
  • Call 1-800-422-3243 for toll-free help between 8:00am and midnight Eastern time.  For the hearing impaired, call 1-800-730-8913 (TTY).
  • Visit and read the online version of Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid.  Here you will find various financial aid topics from preparing fro college to repaying student loans.
  • FAFSA4caster helps you estimate your eligibility for Federal student aid. Visit to learn more.
  • You must submit a new FAFSA every year after January 1 for the next academic year.

FAFSA Requirements for Distance Education Students

For Mayland students who wish to enroll in RAVEN (Regional Audio/Video Education Network) classes, the financial aid application process is similar to that for on-campus classes. Requirements for telecourses, Internet courses, and teleweb courses, which are all monitored by Mayland instructors are considered the same as normal classroom instruction.

However, courses from other colleges offered through FOLDER (Functioning Online Listing of Distance Education Resources) do have additional paperwork requirements. In order to receive any type of Title IV aid, these students must submit the following documentation:

  • copy of registration form showing the course number, section number, course title, number of credit hours, and total charges;
  • copy of tuition and fee payment receipt;
  • confirmation by letter or e-mail from the course instructor that the student is enrolled and participating in the online class

Federal Student Loan

On July 1, 2013, Mayland Community College ceased participation in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program.  Click here for more information.

Work Study

The Federal Work-Study Program is a federally funded program that provides an opportunity for students to work and earn money to assist with their educational expenses while enrolled at Mayland Community College.  Students must demonstrate financial need in order to qualify for the Work Study Program.  Financial need is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which must be completed by the student each academic year.  For more information on the Work Study Program or to apply, contact the Financial Aid Office or print the application and fact sheet.


The Mayland Community College (MCC) Childcare Assistance Program is grant funded through the North Carolina Community College System to provide child care assistance for student-parents attending Mayland Community College, who otherwise would be unable to attend school.  Students who are enrolled at MCC for nine (9) or more credit hours may be eligible for these limited funds.  For more information on the Childcare Assistance Program or to apply, contact the Financial Aid Office or print the application and the fact sheet.

MCC Scholarship Program

Through the MCC Scholarship Program, the Mayland Community College Foundation seeks to provide financial assistance to students who otherwise would not be able to continue their education.  This program offers many scholarship opportunities to Mayland students through the completion of a single, online scholarship application. 
Students may apply to the MCC Scholarship Program each semester by submitting the online application along with all supporting documentation during the following application periods:

  • Fall/Spring:  March 15 - April 30
  • Spring Only:  September 1 - October 15

Students who apply and are selected to receive a Fall/Spring scholarship are NOT eligible to apply for the Spring Only scholarship period.  Students who apply for a Fall/Spring scholarship but are not selected as a recipient are eligible to re-apply for a Spring Only scholarship.

For more information on the MCC Scholarship Program or to apply, contact the Financial Aid Office or access the application here.

Other Scholarship Opportunities​

A number of other scholarships with varying eligibility criteria are available at Mayland, and students are encouraged to visit the Scholarship Opportunities to learn more about these scholarships.

Download and print a listing of even more scholarships here.

The Mayland Community College Foundation awards scholarships without regard to race, creed, religion, color, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, or physical disability



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