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About Us

The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA) is a political subdivision of the State, governed by a nine-member Board of Directors, with administrative support provided by the University of North Carolina.


We help North Carolina pay for education.  We are the State agency that promotes access to education by administering financial aid and savings programs, informing students and families about paying for education, teaching educators about financial aid administration, and advocating for resources to support students.


Scholarship Programs

North Carolina offers grant and scholarship programs that expand school choice and help families afford nonpublic K12 schools. NCSEAA administers these programs on behalf of the State, maintains a call center, and publishes printed publications that assist families.

Higher Education

CFNC: One-Stop Resource for College Planning

As part of its commitment to help more students obtain an education beyond high school, NCSEAA participates in a collaboration called “College Foundation of North Carolina” (CFNC). This joint effort with College Foundation, Incorporated, the University of North Carolina, the North Carolina Community College System, North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides a comprehensive website and call center staffed with college planning and financing specialists.

Loan Management

Helping Students Manage Student Loan Debt

NCSEAA’s services to students extend through college and beyond. NCSEAA works to help students prevent delinquency and default on their student loans through loan management programs such as loan forgiveness, monthly payment plans, and loan rehabilitation.