Award Refunds

North Carolina community colleges are required by the state to verify attendance in all classes prior to issuing financial aid refunds. Thus, award refunds are often disbursed later than four-year institutions.

Due to the attendance verification process, students typically receive refunds approximately six weeks after the start of the semester.

Students should plan accordingly for immediate financial needs during this period. Students who should receive refunds following payment of tuition, fees, and bookstore charges will have the refunds disbursed after the start of the semester.

Below are the disbursement dates for Fall Semester 2019, which are based on when paperwork was completed:

  • September 25
  • October 11
  • November 15
  • December 10


Enroll in Direct Deposit for Award Refunds

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 these steps to learn how to enroll in direct deposit in Self-Service.