The following financial aid opportunities are available for students pursuing Non-credit (Continuing Education) courses:

ConnectFund Grants – These grants are funded by the Durham Sales and Use Tax and are designed to assist individuals who need further education, career training, or retraining. Now accepting applications. View the list of eligible programs.

Continuing Education Equity by Design Tuition Plus Grant (CEED+)  – These grants funds are available to students enrolled in Continuing Education (non-credit) courses and Back-to-Work (BtW) credit and non-credit courses. The grant covers the tuition cost, and up to $250 for other costs such as textbooks, sponsorship needs, or technology.

Finish Line Grant Program – The program helps students complete their education when facing unforeseen challenges. In partnership with the Durham Workforce Development Board, ʿⱦapp offers access to these funds for students who have completed at least 50 percent of their non-credit program and are in good academic standing. 

Food and Nutrition Services Training Program – The program is in collaboration with Orange County Department of Social Services and provides education and training opportunities along with job search strategies that lead to sustainable employment.

– If you reside in a and demonstrate financial need, you are eligible to apply for the Golden LEAF scholarship to use at ʿⱦapp! Email Patricia Johnson for more information.

I Have a Dream Award – The I Have a Dream Award is a need-based scholarship offered to one curriculum and one continuing education student. Read more about the selection criteria and how to apply. 

Project Skilling Up – A program funded by the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission for people or family members who have been adversely affected by changes and the downturn in the tobacco industry over the past 20 years. Now accepting applications.

SECU Bridge to Career Program – The program was designed as a workforce education program to help remove financial barriers for students seeking to obtain state regulated or industry-recognized credentials.

Short-term Workforce Development (STWD) Grant – This grant is for students enrolled in eligible Continuing Education (non-credit) courses that lead to industry-recognized credentials. The STWD grant funding includes up to $750.00 towards the cost of tuition, fees, books, supplies, credentialing tests, transportation, childcare, and other components of the total cost of attendance for eligible courses. 


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