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Financial Aid

Financing a college education can be a somewhat daunting task when you take into account tuition, room and board, student fees, books, supplies, and that parking ticket you got last week – it is easy to see how the thought of paying for your education can become overwhelming.

N.C. State provides students with a variety of resources that allow you to stay informed and develop a personalized plan for paying your college-related expenses. Is work-study for me? What is the difference between a grant and a loan? What is a FAFSA? Who is my financial aid counselor? These are all questions that the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid can help answer. The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid’s main website may also answer some of your other questions.

Don’t forget – the College of Education provides numerous yearly scholarships particularly earmarked for our students.


*** If you need emergency assistant, please first apply for Pack Essentials funds.  If your Pack Essentials request is denied or if you still need assistance, please apply for assistance through the College of Education’s Gerald Fund. Review information about the Gerald Fund and how to apply below. ***

About the Gerald Fund

This fund provides flexible assistance to students facing immediate, personal financial hardship who have approached the College for help.

If funds are awarded, the student must have or set up direct deposit through the cashier’s office to ensure that the issuance of funds are not delayed.


Are NOT intended

  • for routine expenses
  • to supplement a student’s education expenses.

CAN be used for

  • the unforeseen financial situation experienced by a student that disrupts their access to basic life necessities, academic supplies, or to assist the student to respond to a family emergency.


  • MUST be a registered College of Education undergraduate or graduate student.
  • MUST use the funds for the current semester of the request.


  • Please first apply for Pack Essentials aid here. If you still need funds or are denied through Pack Essentials, then you can apply for the Gerald Fund by completing this form.
  • Upon completion and submission of the request form, there will be an informal needs assessment review by the Associate Dean for Student Success and Strategic Community Engagement.
  • If approved for funding, the student will be informed of any required documentation and the method for receiving the funds.

Note: in extreme circumstances where computer access or transportation to campus is unavailable, you may provide your information via phone by calling 919-515-3325.

Other Resources for Financial Aid:

  • NC State Financial Aid
    Comprehensive financial aid site with calculators, information on types of aid, links to free scholarship search programs, and massive amounts of information on other items.
    The website for the College Foundation, Inc., NC’s central lender for Stafford and PLUS Loans. Borrowers can access information about their accounts online, as well as obtain forms and other useful information.
    General career and college information site, including how to select a college, financial aid available, links to electronic applications, and loan counseling modules.
    FAFSA applications: apply online, print application to mail, or download software and send via modem. Institution School Code listing link on the home page.
    A scholarship search program that continues to search for scholarships and notifies the student if one is loaded after he or she applies.
    Website for the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority. Information about scholarship and grant programs in NC. Also the full text of the guide, Student Financial Aid for North Carolinians.
    Website for the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators. Section for parents, students, and counselors. Contains PowerPoint presentation for a financial aid night, as well as other resources.