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Lee County Promise offers free tuition to qualifying graduates

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07.14.2018College & CommunityCollege GeneralSpecial Events

SANFORD - Public high school graduates in Lee County may qualify for free tuition, thanks to the new Lee County Promise program starting this fall.

All eligible Lee County residents who graduate from a public high school for the years 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 will be guaranteed up to two years of free in-state tuition and required fees at Central Carolina Community through the Lee County Promise program. Textbooks and supplemental materials are not included.

"A skilled and productive workforce is the engine of economic prosperity, particularly in a high-growth region like Lee County," said CCCC President Dr. T. Eston Marchant. "Lee County Promise offers the opportunity for our citizens to invest in the community in one of the most substantive and meaningful ways -- by giving our local high school graduates a debt-free pathway to college credentials leading to careers in high-demand fields."

Julian Philpott, Chairman of the CCCC Board of Trustees, added, "We are excited about the Lee County Commissioners' decision to fund a K-14 Program for qualified Lee County students. This will provide those Lee County high school students who want to further their education at Central Carolina Community College the opportunity to gain college credits and an associate degree without going into debt. This will benefit our Lee County students, their families, and Central Carolina Community College. We are extremely grateful to the Lee County Commissioners for their foresight and commitment to quality education in Lee County and at CCCC."

Eligibility for the Lee County Promise program includes:

  • Resident of Lee County.
  • Successfully completed Career and College Promise of at least four high school dual-enrollment courses or 12 credit hours. This requirement is waived for 2018 graduates.
  • Public high school graduate who will attend Central Carolina Community College as a full-time degree-seeking curriculum student beginning the fall semester following his or her high school graduation. * Summer terms are not included.
  • Complete the FAFSA and Central Carolina Community College Foundation scholarship application processes annually.

Funding from federal and state grants, scholarships, and outside funding must be exhausted before Lee County Promise begins paying.

Applications for the 2018-2019 school year must be completed by July 16.

To learn more about this program, call Central Carolina Community College at 919-718-7300 or visit