College Catalog: Financial Aid

Students accepted for admission to the college may apply for federal financial assistance, including scholarships, student work-study employment, grants or loans. Students approved to receive federal financial assistance should meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Demonstrate financial need;
  • Be admitted to an eligible program at Durham Tech;
  • Have a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma;
  • Provide a valid social security number;
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • Be registered with the Selective Service, if required;
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan borrowed for attendance at any institution;
  • Not have borrowed in excess of federal student loan limits;
  • Not owe a repayment on a federal student grant or loan received for attendance at any institution;
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress; and
  • Certify that the funds will be used for educational purposes only.

Students interested in applying for financial aid should complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form and include the Durham Tech school code (005448), so the College will receive their information. Applications or renewal applications for financial aid must be submitted for each academic year. The FAFSA form is available for the upcoming academic year after October 1. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible for the next academic year, preferably no later than April 15.

Additional information about enrollment due dates, the verification process, financial aid disbursement dates, academic progress standards, return of Title IV funds, and financial aid forms can be found in the Financial Aid section of the website.


Curriculum students apply for scholarships in the spring for use in the following academic year. Students are considered for all scholarships for which they qualify. The criteria for eligibility and the amount of the award are different for each scholarship. A listing of scholarships and their selection criteria can be found in the scholarships section of the website.

Other Forms of Financial Assistance

Durham Tech Promise funds are for recent high school graduates in Durham County, recent graduates of a public high school in Chapel Hill/Carrboro and Orange High Schools, and recent high school equivalency completers within both counties. Students who enroll in at least six credit hours per semester within the academic year immediately after high school may be eligible to receive up to $1,000 per year for two years. Students do not need to apply. The Financial Aid office will review student records and contact those who qualify. Recent high school graduates who pay out-of-state tuition may also be eligible; they should contact their assigned Financial Aid Advisor for more information regarding eligibility for Durham Tech Promise and other sources of aid.

Veterans Information

The Financial Aid and Veterans Services office assists students who are eligible for Veterans educational benefits, including Veterans, active-duty personnel, and members of selected reserves and the National Guard.

To be eligible for educational benefits, students must be admitted to a curriculum program and have high school and all college transcripts on file at Durham Tech.

Before paying tuition and fees each semester, students must first have their class schedules approved by their academic advisors and then by staff in the Financial Aid and Veterans Services office. Students are required to notify the Veterans Affairs School Certifying Official (SCO)/Specialist, Veterans Services, via email, when registration is complete.

Students “visiting” from their home college who may be eligible for Veterans benefits must contact the Financial Aid and Veterans Services office to provide appropriate documentation.

Information about work-study, standards of academic progress, attendance, and conduct for students receiving Veterans educational benefits can be found on the Veterans Services web page.