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Financial Aid

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Application Process

Starting your educational journey doesn't have to be difficult. Here's what you need to get started.

Types of aid

Paying for school is one of the most common fears for attending school. We are here to help.

Funding for Veterans

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  • Spring 2022 Registration Information:

    If you are planning to register for the spring 2022 term and are a new student, you must complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA online. If you are a continuing student from the fall semester, you do not need to renew your FAFSA.  Please check your Patriot Port to ensure your Financial Aid is complete. If you register during the spring registration period October 10, 2021 - January 6, 2022, tuition is due by 6:00 pm January 6, 2022. Your financial aid must be complete by this date to ensure you are not deregistered from your spring classes. 

    Please remember the College is closed from December 23, 2021 through January 3, 2022. 

    Please allow 1-2 weeks processing time for your FAFSA results to be available in Patriot Port once your file is complete.  Also, please ensure you have completed your Admissions application and NC Residency if you are a new student.

    Complete your FAFSA Apply for Financial Aid New Students: Complete your NC Residency

  • Financial Aid Check Information

    All Financial Aid checks are available for pick-up, with a photo ID, in the Business Office on the published check disbursement date. Checks will be held and available for pick-up for three days, then mailed on the fourth business day from the published disbursement date. If you would like your check mailed on the first available day please email the Business Office at from your student email account to make those arrangements. Checks will not be available before the published check release date.

    Please check your Patriot Port to ensure your address is accurate.

    To review your address on file:

    • Log into Patriot Port
    • Click on the username at the top (the first portion of your email or account login)
    • Click on User Profile

    If your address is incorrect, send an email from your Isothermal email account to to have it updated.

Contact for information

Financial Aid
Student Center
Office: 828-395-4198
Fax: 828-286-8109
Department Directory

Office hours

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Subject to change depending on availability.