Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) has been awash in funding since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

The school has been doing things like waiving fees and helping students pay to repair their cars when they break down.  On Thursday, May 5, GTCC President Anthony Clark gave a presentation to the Guilford County Board of Commissioners at which he touted the latest big perk – the school’s “Access Amazing” scholarship program.

The scholarship is reminiscent of the now defunct Say Yes scholarship model.  That is, it is a “last dollar” scholarship meant to remove financial barriers for those who want to attend college.

According to the information Parker provided to the commissioners at the May 5 work session, the scholarship “pays the remaining balance of student in-state tuition, college fees, and course fees once all other federal and state grants, and outside and college scholarships and sponsorships are applied.”

There’s $3.2 million in funding available for the program, which is open to graduates from any public or private Guilford County high school – or a registered home-school equivalent.

Some GTCC students will get as much as $4,500 of annual in-state tuition and fees covered – and no eligible student will pay more than $500 for in-state tuition, college and course fees per semester.

In fact, most students, if they qualify for Pell and state grants, will owe absolutely nothing to GTCC once these scholarships kick in.

There are some things to keep in mind.

For one, to be eligible, students have to enroll in college credit courses at GTCC in the fall semester immediately following their graduation from a Guilford County high school.

The Access Amazing scholarship covers both full-time and part-time students for up to two years.

Those who want to take advantage of the program need to:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Apply for GTCC scholarships
  • Attend an Access Amazing Scholar Program orientation in the fall

Then, the students must maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA, as well as meet other criteria, if they want to keep that money flowing in.