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 Summer Term 2020, which are based on when paperwork was completed:

Refund Date File Complete Deadline Date
July 6 June 18
July 24 June 26

A file complete deadline date means all required financial aid paperwork is accurately submitted to the Financial Aid Office. If you are requesting a student loan, this includes the Loan Authorization Form. We cannot guarantee your refund will be on the associated refund date if any of the required paperwork is submitted after the related deadline.

The last file complete deadline date is the final deadline for the term. Any paperwork, including the Loan Authorization Form, submitted after this date may not be processed before the completion of the semester. The Financial Aid office will process your aid at the beginning of the next semester.

If a student is only in Mini-Session II courses or if Mini Session-II courses increases a student's award package, they are not eligible for the refund this creates until April 22. Please contact your Financial Aid advisor if you have specific questions.

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.