A student is considered eligible for the North Carolina Need-Based Scholarship if they meet the following requirements:

(a) is a legal resident of North Carolina and is a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes;

(b) is admitted, enrolled and classified at an Approved Institution as an undergraduate student in a Matriculated Status;

(c) has an Expected Family Contribution under the the Federal Methodology that does not exceed an amount set by Authority pursuant to the Act;

(d) is enrolled for no less than the minimum per term credit hours as defined by the applicable Payment Schedule;

(e) is not in default, and does not owe a refund, under any federal or state loan or grant program;

(f) meets all other eligibility requirements for a Pell Grant, except the EFC requirement;

(g) has complied with the registration requirements of the Military Service Act or exempt from the registration requirements;

(h) has not received a Scholarship for more than nine (9) full-time academic semesters, or the equivalent if enrolled part-time, or if the student is enrolled in a program of study officially designated by the Approved Institution as a five-year degree program, eleven (11) full-time academic semesters, or the equivalent if enrolled part-time;

(i) the student and family information and financial aid data are the same used for federal aid eligibility determination by the campus.

The North Carolina Need Based Scholarship is awarded based on a student being registered for 15 credit hours per semester.  If a student is not registered for 15 credit hours in the semester, the amount of the North Carolina Need Based Scholarship will be reduced.  The student will be responsible for the difference.

Effective December 5, 2016, residency determination will no longer be made by Warren Wilson College but instead will be made by the state of North Carolina through its Residency Determination Service (RDS) website (  All new students must complete Residency Determination on the RDS website.


North Carolina State Complaint Process: Warren Wilson College is committed to providing opportunities for students to share complaints and seek resolution.  Students with complaints about their NC need-based scholarship should first file a complaint with the College here.  If the complaint has not been resolved through the college's internal complaint process, students may file a complaint with the North Carolina Department of Justice, Consumer Protection Division.  For information regarding this process please visit: or you may contact them at the address listed below:

North Carolina Department of Justice
Consumer Protection Division
9001 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-9001
Phone number: 1-877-566-7226