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What is the Dare County Guarantee Scholarship Program? 

The Dare County Board of Commissioners pledged $250,000 for tuition and fees to graduating Dare County seniors who enroll full-time at College of the Albemarle (COA) in associate degree or technical programs. 

What costs are covered by the Dare County Guarantee?

Students must first complete the COA Foundation Scholarship and Federal Financial Aid Application (FASFA) processes. Any scholarship funds awarded through those processes will be utilized first.  While funds are available, the Dare Guarantee will cover any unmet tuition and fees at the College of the Albemarle.

The Dare County Guarantee may provide funds per student, per semester, for costs of textbooks and computer needs. Such funding is subject to a pro-rated amount based off the remaining available funds. 

First priority for funds will be given to students enrolled full-time (12 hours or more) at the Dare County Campus of the College of the Albemarle in Curriculum (CU) or Workforce Development programs. Second priority for funds will be given to students enrolled in CU or a Workforce Development program at any other College of the Albemarle campus.

Details on eligible curriculum and programs are still being finalized. 

Who is eligible for the Dare County Guarantee Scholarship? 

Dare County high school graduates from public, private, and home schools who meet the following criteria:  

  • Dare County resident
  • High school graduate from a public school, private school or home school located in Dare County
  • United States citizen or documented lawful permanent resident
  • Must enroll and begin attendance at COA within 16 months of graduation from high school, private school or home school

What are the continuing eligibility requirements?

To remain eligible for the Dare County Guarantee Scholarship, students must:

  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 in college coursework and complete at least 67% of credit hours attempted each semester
  • Complete the federal financial aid (FAFSA) and COA Foundation Scholarship applications annually
  • Students will be allowed no more than two programs of study changes

How do I apply for the Dare County Guarantee? 

Students must apply on the COA website