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SCC offering free tuition

Through a one-time program, Southwestern Community College will not charge tuition or fees to students for the 2021-22 academic year.

The “SCC Promise” initiative provides new students as well as those who’ve already enrolled with free tuition and fees this fall if they fulfill the following criteria: complete the 2021-22 free application for federal student aid (FAFSA); enroll in a minimum of six credit hours; and complete the SCC Promise application.

Students who’ve already enrolled for fall just need to go to and fill out the “SCC Promise” application.

Free tuition and college fees are for North Carolina residents for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 only. This is a “last-option” financial assistance program that provides tuition after all other federal and state funds have been applied. SCC will utilize various funding sources.

Anyone interested in more short-term training through SCC’s Career Academies can also get free tuition this fall through the GEER fund. More info at

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