These grants funds are available to students enrolled in short-term Continuing Education (non-credit) courses and Back-to-Work (BtW) credit and non-credit courses. The grant covers the tuition cost and materials, and up to $250 in bookstore credits for other costs such as textbooks, supplies, or technology.
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Applications will be accepted for students residing in Durham or Orange county and enrolling in:
- What is the purpose of the grant?
Durham Tech’s Back-to-Work and Continuing Education programs of study are an essential component to ensure students a pathway toward career fulfillment. The Continuing Education Equity by Design (CEED) grant provides students financial assistance to further a technical career and increase the probability of student’s employability and income development long-term. It can be all the difference for upward movement and entering into the workforce with a new career.
- Who is eligible to receive the CEED grant?
Applicant eligibility includes students who are residents of Durham and Orange counties, and who are enrolled in any Continuing Education (non-credit) and Back-to-Work (BtW) credit and non-credit courses. Applicants may be ask to produce two of the following to verify county residency:
- Current Driver’s License or valid state issued ID showing your Durham or Orange county address
- Current lease or renter’s agreement
- Current utility bill
- Current Voter’s Registration Card
- Prior year’s IRS tax return
- Grant application submission and approval
After students enroll in the course, submit the online grant application. Once the application has been reviewed and approved, students will receive an email detailing when they can expect to receive the grant award. Timing will be different for each student, depending upon their application and the start and end date of the course/program. Grant approvals are dependent upon the verification of student attendance policies. Some non-credit courses contain multiple sections. Students may apply for grant funds for each of these sections.
- Attendance Requirements
Applicants must attend the class with the goal to be successful to completion. If a student does not show up for the course, and is designated a “no-show,” the tuition costs and bookstore credit will be forfeited. If the student applicant has already used the bookstore stipend, a hold will be placed on the student account until the student pays the account balance.
- How are the funds disbursed?
The CEED+ grant funding includes the full cost of Continuing Education (non-credit) and Back-to-Work (BtW) credit and non-credit course tuition and up to a $250.00 bookstore credit that can be used for books, supplies, and technology at the campus bookstore. Once students have been notified of their approval, the scholarship for tuition and the bookstore credit is placed on the student's account. If students paid their registration or tuition costs ahead of time, they will be reimbursed for the full cost of tuition. After the class has started, and attendance has been verified, the reimbursement check will be sent to the address we have on file. This can take up to four weeks to process.
It is highly recommended that applicants first reach out to their program directors for assistance with course registration to prevent having to pay tuition costs up front. See below to learn how to set up direct deposit into a bank account.
- Accessing your bookstore credit
Students access their bookstore credit at the Durham Tech Campus bookstore in person or online. Students can purchase their items at the bookstore, after informing the clerk that they are a CEED grant recipient.
If the required textbooks or materials are not available at the campus bookstore, students can opt to purchase "required" or “recommended” items for class, through a 3rd party vendor. Each course instructor will have a list of what is needed to take the class. Please refer to that list to determine your needs and how you want to best utilize your bookstore credit.
If the choice is made to purchase the books, supplies, and tools up front and out-of-pocket, then students must submit valid receipts of purchase for reimbursement up to $250.00. If the purchase cost is more than $250.00, then the student is responsible for the balance.
- When is the deadline to utilize my bookstore credit?
The bookstore credit provided to you by the CEED grant to cover the costs of books, supplies, and technology needed for class, must be utilized within eight (8) days after the start of class or it will be forfeited. If your approval is granted after the start of the class, the bookstore credit must be utilized within eight (8) days from the date stamped on the approval letter or it will be forfeited.
- To whom do I submit my receipts of purchase for reimbursement?
If you have receipts for allowable purchases by third-party vendors or at the bookstore, those supplies you paid for out-of-pocket, you must submit your receipts to Lori Henson at firstname.lastname@example.org within one week after your class start date. You will not be reimbursed for receipts received after the deadline.
- What to do if there are issues with purchases
If there are any problems with accessing your bookstore credit, or purchasing items, or there are other financial issues related to the bookstore or to tuition costs and reimbursements, please reach out to Lori Henson at email@example.com.
- Computer Laptops Program
Technology Assistance: Free and low-cost computer and internet options are available, including discounted, newly refurbished computers available for purchase using CEED grant funds. See Computer and Internet Assistance for details. Contact Antonio McNeill at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-536-7200, ext. 1418 with questions.
- For International Students
If you are having challenges with communication due to language barriers, please reach out to the Center for Global Learning, Jesus Gomez-Cespedes at Gomez-CespedesJ@durhamtech.edu or call at 919-536-7200, ext. 3228.
- How do I set up direct deposit?
Direct Deposit allows students to receive refunds quicker and more securely than by check through automatic deposit of funds to the student’s bank account. Follow the link to learn How to Enroll in Direct Deposit through Self-Service (PDF)
- Updating Self-Service Account Information
Sign into Self-Service and ensure that the address, phone number, and personal email are up-do-date. If a change is needed, submit the appropriate change of request form through the e-form system.
- Do I need to pay back the money at some point?
No. This is a federal, state, or local grant and you will never be asked to pay the money back.
- Will this grant funding count as income against end of year taxes?
No. Students will not receive a 1099 or 1098-T tax form and will not count grant funding as income.
- What to do if the funds were never received
- Are there other grant funding opportunities available?
The Office of Financial Aid and Veteran’s Services will contact all students through email and more information will be posted on the Durham Tech website as opportunities arise. Students can also reach out to student services, student academic advisors, and program directors for more information on possible funding opportunities.
- Emergency Financial Assistance
Please check back as additional courses are being added.