The Edgecombe Pledge

In an effort to help students and their families recover from the pandemic, Edgecombe Community College has created a new scholarship program called the Edgecombe Pledge. Beginning in the Fall 2021 semester and extending through the Spring 2023 semester, this unique initiative will fund in-state tuition and fees for all qualifying students.

This program will pay for tuition and fees after all other sources of funding are exhausted. Funds to be used first are available from Federal Pell Grants, the North Carolina Longleaf Commitment Grant, additional federal and state programs, Golden LEAF Foundation, State Employees Credit Union, and other private sources for scholarships, such as those offered by the Edgecombe Community College Foundation.

The College is deeply grateful for federal and state dollars that have been made available to support this effort. Our sincere hope is that students and their families, bolstered by this additional assistance, will be better prepared to move forward out of the pandemic and emerge stronger for the future.

Who qualifies for the Edgecombe Pledge?

Degree-Seeking Students

Students who are seeking degrees must be North Carolina residents, they must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and they must complete an ECC Application for Admission. In addition:

  • Students must be enrolled in a degree program that is approved for financial aid.
  • Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
  • Students must abide by the ECC Student Code of Conduct with no violations.
  • Students must neither owe a balance to ECC nor be in default of loans.

Do I have to be a full-time student?

The Edgecombe Pledge is for all students, full time and part time.

Is there a minimum number of courses that I have to take?

No, part-time students who take just one class are eligible to receive free tuition and fees.

How do I apply?

In order to receive the Edgecombe Pledge and to remain supported by the program until it ends in the Spring 2023 semester, degree-seeking students must complete the FAFSA annually. In addition, students must enroll in a degree program that is approved for financial aid.


Email, or call or text (252) 618-6526.

Continuing Education Students

Continuing education students who are enrolled in short-term workforce training programs leading to a state- or industry-recognized credential qualify for the Edgecombe Pledge. Approved continuing education programs are a minimum of 96 contact hours and include:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Academy (RAMP East)
  • Basic Law Enforcement Training
  • Construction Academy
  • EMT Basic
  • EMT Advanced
  • Facility Maintenance Worker
  • HVAC
  • Mammography
  • Nail Technology
  • Natural Hair Care
  • Nurse Aide I
  • Nurse Aide II
  • Paramedic
  • Phlebotomy
  • Solar Construction Academy
  • Welding

How do I apply?

In order to receive the Edgecombe Pledge, continuing education students must complete the Continuing Education Application and the Continuing Education Scholarship Application.


Contact or (252) 618-6605.

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