Completing your college degree is easier than ever!
The John C. Loughridge Center for Continuing & Professional Studies (CCPS) brings the liberal arts tradition of Belmont Abbey College to adult learners. We specialize in helping students chart the most direct path to a degree and have over five majors with many customization options. Our Center’s program has two 8-week sessions each semester, allowing you to take two classes each session to complete four classes per semester. Get started in the summer, fall, or spring. You have multiple options to fit your schedule.
$500 Returning to Learning Scholarship
No deposit for CCPS Students
Federal Pell Grant
The Pell grant is a federal entitlement program that provides funds to students enrolled at approved colleges. The Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) number on the Student Aid Report (SAR) determines the amount of each grant. This information is generated through the Department of Education and is emailed or mailed to the applicant at his/her home address. Annual maximum and minimum awards vary. The 2019-2020 minimum award is $657. The 2019-2020 maximum award is $6195.
Eligibility is based on the following:
- Enrollment as a regular student in an eligible program
- U.S. citizenship or permanent residence with proper documentation
- Undergraduate student not previously receiving a bachelor’s degree
- Does not owe a refund or is not in default on any federal financial aid
- Is in compliance with Selective Service Registration requirements
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant program is a federal non-repayable program that provides money to a limited number of undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need. Supplemental grants range from $200 to $4,000 per academic year depending on your need and availability of funds. There is no aggregate limit of FSEOG funds that a student may receive.
North Carolina Need Based Scholarship
The North Carolina Need Based Scholarship is a need based grant. In order to qualify to receive this grant, the student must be a legal resident of North Carolina and be enrolled for at least 9 credit hours (three-quarter time) per semester. The state will determine the student’s eligibility as based on the FAFSA application. The grant amount received by the student is based upon the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
Federal Student Loan Programs
Subsidized Stafford Loans
Any student who files a FAFSA and who meets the eligibility requirements will qualify for a Federal Stafford Loan. Subsidized Stafford Loans do not accrue interest until a student ceases to be enrolled. The interest rate is set each year on July 1, and is a fixed rate loan. For 2019-2020 the subsidized interest rate is 4.5%.
Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
If you do not meet the financial need criteria to qualify for a subsidized loan, you may still apply for an unsubsidized loan. You are responsible for paying the interest while you are in school. If you cannot make the interest payments, the interest can be added to your principle balance. The interest rate is set each year on July 1, and is a fixed rate loan. For 2019-2020 the unsubsidized loan interest rate is 4.5%.
Federal Loan Programs for Parents
Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
PLUS Loans are available for every creditworthy parent who is a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, who has completed the FAFSA.
Parents may apply for a PLUS Loan at studentaid.gov. Please complete this step no later than June 1. A delay can prevent the loan from being credited to your student’s account prior to first-semester tuition due date of July 1. First-time PLUS Loan borrowers at Belmont Abbey College are also required to complete an online master promissory note. For 2019-2020 the PLUS loan interest rate is 7.10%.
Golden LEAF Scholarship Program
The Golden LEAF Scholarship Program is designed to assist current high school seniors and North Carolina community college transfer students. Recipients must be from certain rural counties, demonstrate both financial need and merit, and plan to attend participating North Carolina colleges and universities. The scholarship is funded by the Golden LEAF Foundation through a grant to the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority. The number of years of scholarship support depends on the degree sought and the number of credits transferred.
Golden Door Scholars Program
Golden Door Scholars invests in education and careers access for high-performing DACA students. Their approach includes four-year college scholarships for high-performing high school grads and professional development and internship support. Since 2013, Golden Door has awarded scholarships to 45 exceptional students from an applicant pool of over 2200 students.
College Foundation of North Carolina
College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) is a free service of the State of North Carolina that helps students plan, apply, and pay for college. CFNC is a partnership of Pathways, the N.C. State Education Assistance Authority, and College Foundation, Inc. High School seniors from qualifying counties are eligible for up to a $12,000 scholarship ($3000 per year for four years) to attend participating colleges and universities.
The Cardinal Newman Society Essay Scholarship
The Cardinal Newman Society is pleased to announce its fourth annual Essay Scholarship Contest. The winning essay writer will be awarded $5,000 toward the cost of attending a college recommended in The Newman Guide in the fall of 2020.
Alternative Loan Programs
Alternative loans are non-federal loans for students. These loans are creditworthy so the student will need a creditworthy cosigner. The cosigner is someone who will be responsible for repaying the loan if the student fails to repay. Students considering borrowing an alternative loan should investigate the terms of the loan prior to applying. Federal loans should always be considered prior to applying for an alternative loan.
Applying for an alternative loan may take a few weeks. Please make sure that you allow enough time for processing. The college must receive confirmation of your approved loan application prior to the billing due date.
Please refer to our Code of Conduct regarding Educational Loans.