Financial Aid

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Did you know ConnectFunds Scholarshipsprovide up to $1,000 per year for two years to recent Durham Public Schools graduates? To be eligible, students must enroll in at least six credit hours at Durham Tech in fall or spring semester immediately after completing high school. Disbursements are made in payments of $500 per semester. Students do not need to apply – Durham Tech's Financial Aid office will review student records and contact those who qualify. Learn more about ConnectFunds. Orange County Connectfunds are also available!

The key to financing your education is to start planning early. The more you know about how financial aid works, the better prepared you will be to pay for college. Take time to learn about your options and the multi-step application process as outlined below.

Am I eligible?

All students are encouraged to apply for aid. Students are required to meet the following:

  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have a high school diploma or a GED certificate
  • Admitted to an eligible program of study at Durham Tech
  • Are a current US citizen or current eligible non-citizen
  • Have a valid Social Security Number
  • Registered with the Selective Service, if required
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress at Durham Tech
  • Not currently in default on a federal student loan and/or does not owe money on a federal student grant
  • Certify that you will use federal student aid for educational purposes only

Is my program eligible?

Review the list of financial aid eligible programs.

How do I apply?

Submit your FAFSA online. If you are interested in applying for financial aid, complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online at You can read more about FAFSA on the Federal Student Aid website. Make sure you include Durham Tech’s school code (005448), so the college will receive your information. The application process can take more time than you expect, especially during registration periods. Start now.

Complete the admissions process. You must be fully admitted to an eligible program of study in order to be eligible to receive financial aid. Review admissions information for more details.

Complete any additional steps and submit your documentation. If you receive a notice from the federal government that you are qualified for financial aid, you still may have additional steps to complete the process to receive this money. You will receive an email and a letter from the Financial Aid office if there is additional paperwork you need to complete. Submit all documentation by the priority deadline, or you will not have the option of using your financial aid to pay for tuition and books. For more information, call 919-536-7209.

When do I apply?

Applications or renewal applications for financial aid must be submitted for each academic year. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is available for the upcoming academic year after October 1 online at Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible for the next academic year, preferably no later than April 15. Durham Tech's Title IV school code is 005448. The correct Title IV school code must be listed on the application for Durham Tech to be able to electronically access the application information.

Priority Deadlines

Students who submit paperwork by these deadlines and who are eligible to receive financial aid will be able to charge tuition, fees, and books to their financial aid award during registration. The college will continue to process paperwork after these deadlines; however, due to the high volume of requests, we cannot guarantee that your paperwork will be processed in time to complete everything prior to registration for classes.

Fall Semester
April 15 - Submit your Admissions Application, and FAFSA form.
June 15 - Complete all corrections to your FAFSA. Submit all remaining financial aid verification documents. Submit high school and/or college transcripts.

Spring Semester
August 15 - Submit your Admissions Application, and FAFSA form.
October 15 - Complete all corrections to your FAFSA. Submit all remaining financial aid verification documents. Submit high school and/or college transcripts.

Summer Term
February 15 - Submit your Admissions Application, and FAFSA form.
March 15 - Complete all corrections to your FAFSA. Submit all remaining financial aid verification documents. Submit high school and/or college transcripts.

Late Processing Deadlines
If you miss these deadlines, you may still complete the steps or submit paperwork. However, if you miss a priority deadline, you should be prepared to independently pay for your tuition, fees, and books by the normal payment deadlines during registration.

Verification Process

You submitted the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and you think everything is going smoothly until you receive notice (via your Student Aid Report) that you have been selected for FAFSA verification. What does this mean?

Verification is a process used to verify certain information on the FAFSA to ensure its accuracy. Some students are selected for verification by the US Department of Education. Others are selected by the school. Usually only a certain percentage of students are selected for verification.

Why is your file being verified?

There are several possibilities for being selected for FAFSA verification. Keep in mind that more possibilities exist, but the following are the main reasons for being selected:

  • You were selected randomly.
  • There was a drastic change in the information originally provided.
  • You have information that appears to conflict.
  • The submitted FAFSA application has incomplete data.
  • The data on the FAFSA application appears to contradict itself.
  • The FAFSA application has estimated information on it.

During verification, the Financial Aid office is required us to collect documentation to check the accuracy of your FAFSA information. These documents may include a Marriage Certificate, a Social Security Card, an Alien Registration Card, Verification Worksheets and a IRS Federal Transcript. The type of documents required will vary from student to student, and not all students selected for FAFSA verification will have to submit the same documents.

The documents that we can now accept to verify your tax information have changed based on policy changes from the US Department of Education. Please note that either a tax transcript from the IRS or an updated FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool are the only two ways to verify tax data. If you do not, or cannot, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you will be required to obtain a tax transcript from the IRS. Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to populate your FAFSA tax information will make the verification process more efficient because the tax information will be verified by the IRS Data Retrieval. Once you have collected all the required documents, take them, email them, or fax them to your Financial Aid Office. Do not turn in any documentation that was not requested.

New Verification Process

In order to provide the highest quality of service to our students, the Financial Aid office at Durham Tech has partnered with CFI School Services (College Foundation Incorporated) to complete verification for the 2016-2017 aid year. If you receive an email or letter from CFI School Services, please respond to their request immediately. Failure to respond will result in a delay of your financial aid. Please watch for e-mails from or with instructions.

You may already be familiar with CFI because of its involvement in educational services as College Foundation of North Carolina (, which helps students and families plan, apply and pay for college/university expenses. For more than 55 years, CFI also has worked closely with North Carolina colleges and universities to provide information and resources for student financial aid. You can be assured that CFI will protect your privacy and your data, and will also provide you with quality customer service.

Benefits of this service:

  • Students can track their verification status at CFI School Servicing Center(SSC) website.
  • Students can upload required documents online.
  • Students can complete most or all of their verification online.
  • CFI School Servicing Center (SSC) will notify students when the verification process is complete.
  • Students can receive text alerts/messages from CFI SSC to help track your verification status. Please remember that message and date rates may apply.
  • The faster students respond to request from to CFI SSC request, the faster they complete verification, and the faster financial aid can be awarded.

Please note: The Financial Aid office at Durham Tech may also request other documents from you. If this occurs, please promptly submit those documents directly to the Financial Aid office.

For questions, regarding the CFI School Servicing Center verification process, please contact the Financial Aid office, or CFI SSC by visiting or calling 1-855-328-4400.

Financial Aid Verification Forms

As your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is processed, you may be selected by the federal government to verify the accuracy of your information. Additional forms may need to be completed. Financial Aid staff will need to receive and verify this additional documentation from you before an award can be made. It is very important that you submit any required documentation as soon as possible to avoid delays in processing time. You may review the status of the submission of these forms using the "My Documents" screen in your WebAdvisor account.

Use the appropriate forms below if you have been asked by Durham Tech's Financial Aid office to submit additional documentation to apply for financial aid. The notification email will include the verification group number you are assigned. You only need to fill out the forms for that verification group.

Academic Standards for Financial Aid

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Federal regulations require students receiving Title IV financial assistance to maintain satisfactory academic progress. In general, satisfactory academic progress includes maintaining a 67 percent completion rate and a 2.0 cumulative grade point average. Failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress will result in the suspension of aid. Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress regardless of enrollment status (full-time, part-time) or admitted program.

Consult the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress document to review the methods of assessment, time limitations, various statuses, consequences, grades, program requirements, and appeals procedure for satisfactory academic progress. Students who wish to appeal suspension of financial aid due to failure to meet satisfactory academic progress must complete the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal and submit it to the Financial Aid office.

Program of Study

According to the US Department of Education, if a student is enrolled in courses that do not count toward his/her degree they cannot be used to determine enrollment status unless they are courses that a student is required to take based on placement testing. This means that courses taken that do not fulfill a requirement on the program evaluation will not be covered by Title IV funds. They will, however, be counted as attempted credit hours.

English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

Students may receive FSA program funds for EFL courses. These courses are not considered developmental as well. EFL credit hours will be included in all SAP calculations and will also be counted toward Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU).

Developmental Studies Standards of Progress

Financial aid recipients may take a maximum of 30 credit hours in developmental coursework. Developmental courses (designated by course numbers below 100, DMA 060) are included in the calculation of satisfactory academic progress, but they will not count toward the time frame.

Return of Title IV Funds

The Higher Education Amendments of 1998 changed the formula for calculating the amount of aid a student and a school can retain when the student withdraws from all classes. Students who withdraw from all classes prior to completing 60 percent of the semester will have their eligibility for aid recalculated based on the percent of the semester completed. If you are thinking about withdrawing from all classes PRIOR to completing 60 percent of the semester, you should contact the Financial Aid Office to see how your withdrawal will affect your financial aid.

Net Price Calculator

It is important for you to understand the financial obligations you will incur while attending college. Use the Net Price Calculator (opens in a separate window) to get a general estimate of the full cost of attending and how much federal financial aid you might be eligible to receive at Durham Technical Community College.

Federal law now requires all colleges and universities to provide this tool so that you can use it to compare costs at a variety of colleges. By providing some of your basic financial information, the online tool can give you an estimated cost of tuition and fees, estimated book expenses, living expenses (rent, housing, food, otherwise known as “room and board” even though you will live off-campus if you attend Durham Tech), and transportation expenses.

Note that these estimates are based upon 2009 data. The Net Price Calculator does not calculate scholarships and other state-based awards. This is only an estimate. You must complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and complete the financial aid application process at Durham Tech for the college to determine your actual eligibility for assistance.

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