Skip to main content
Login to CatLink
Future Students

Apply online or check the status of your Admissions application:

Admission Portal

Financial Aid

Our program serves adults wishing to earn a college degree or take courses for professional or personal development. Since the format for the evening program is unlike the day program, the fee structure and costs are unique. A student MUST be pursuing a degree to receive financial aid.

Types of Financial Aid for Students in the Evening Undergraduate Program 

Catawba College offers aid to qualified students in two ways: 

  1. The North Carolina Need-Based Scholarship

  2. Federal and State assistance based on the results of the FAFSA need analysis, which is obtained through an application process. Need-based aid comes from Federal and/or State sources.


How to Apply for Financial Aid       

  • Apply for admission to the evening program. Your acceptance must be complete before you receive your financial aid package from Catawba College.

  • Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible keeping in mind that you should complete the FAFSA at least 60 days before you plan to enroll. You may file online at List Catawba's school code (002914) - and we will receive the results electronically. Catawba's priority filing date is March 15.

  • Expect an "Award Letter" from Catawba approximately four weeks after you submit the FAFSA. Make sure you turn in all requested information to the Financial Aid Office.

  • If you are a transfer student and filed the FAFSA last year, you may complete your renewal FAFSA, but be sure to add Catawba's code on the update.


Types of Financial Aid       

  • North Carolina Need-Based Scholarship (NCNBS):  The North Carolina General Assembly created a need-based program that is administered centrally by the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA). The North Carolina Need Based Scholarship program (NCNBS) is awarded to legal North Carolina residents who demonstrate financial need by filing the Free application of Federal student aid (FAFSA). College Foundation of NC uses the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA to award this scholarship and notify the schools of eligibility; if the EFC changes for any reason, the scholarship amount is reevaluated. This grant is contingent upon legislative appropriation of funds and is subject to change.

  • Federal Aid: Need-based aid is determined by the difference between the Cost of Attendance (COA) and the financial ability of the student to contribute to educational costs as determined by the FAFSA (EFC-Expected Family Contribution). Federal programs for which students may qualify include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG (limited funds available), Federal Direct PLUS Loans, and Federal Direct Loans.

  • The Federal Pell Grant is awarded to needy, undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's degree. This is a grant and does not have to be paid back and is prorated by the number of hours the student is enrolled.

  • Federal Direct Loans: These are subsidized student loans for students with demonstrated financial need, as determined by the FAFSA. No interest is charged while a student is in school at least half-time, during the grace period and during deferment periods. Direct Unsubsidized Loans are not based on financial need; interest is charged during all periods. 

NOTE:  Students are awarded funds to cover direct costs (if available); however, if a student needs additional funds for books, computer, transportation and/or living expenses, the student may borrow from the Direct Loan program to meet these needs (as eligibility and loan limits permit).


Miscellaneous Financial Options       

  • Payment Plan: Catawba College offers a 5-pay interest free installment plan each Fall and Spring semester. The 5-pay plan runs from July through November for the Fall semester and December through April for the Spring semester. The plans are interest free and a one-time $35.00 installment payment plan fee is due when you enroll for a payment plan each semester. You will be required to set up auto payments using ACH or credit cards for the installments. A $20 late fee will be assessed on installment payments made after the due date. Please keep in mind that Catawba bills tuition by semester, and bills are due July 15 for Fall term and December 15 for Spring term. You must return to the TouchNet Bill+Payment website to enroll in a new plan each semester that you use a payment plan. If a student has received financial aid, but not enough to cover the entire account balance, then the account must be paid in full by the due date each semester or the student must enroll in a payment plan that covers the entire balance due. Keep in mind that this is only an estimated plan and any differences between the estimated and actual costs and financial aid will need to be factored into the remaining installments once your plan has been initially created. If the due date(s) for any installments have passed when a student enrolls in a plan, all of those installment amount(s) will have to be paid at the time of enrollment.  After the "last day to add" of each term, installments will be automatically recalculated (up or down) as appropriate due changes in charges or credit. Students will receive notification via email each time installments are recalculated. A payment plan may be terminated for failure to make an installment payment according to the plan agreement.  For more information regarding the payment plan or if you need assistance with estimating costs and aid, please see your electronic statement of account for reference and/or contact the Business Office at 704-637-4388 or before completing the plan. 

  • Company Sponsorship Some companies "sponsor" students and request that Catawba bill them for their tuition expenses. Prior arrangements must be made with the Business Office. Most companies prefer to reimburse students at the end of each course.

  • Payment by Course:  When prior arrangements have been made with the Business Office, Catawba permits students to pay for courses by the block, meaning that payment is made each month for the course(s) being taken during that month.