"Teaching is the most important profession in the world because it creates all other professions. Teachers pass on knowledge and values to children, preparing them for the future."

Megan Sealy

East Carolina University

Elementary Education Major

"I feel that with culturally relevant instruction, a deep understanding of student’s differences, and a loving classroom environment, all students, general education and special education, can thrive and reach their full academic and social potential."

Geralyn Evans

NC A&T State University

Elementary & Special Ed Major

“I want to impact younger generations. I love helping others, which makes my passion for teaching possible. I love seeing smiles on children’s faces whenever they are encouraged. I long to have students fall in love with learning as I did. As Albert Einstein once said: “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

Mikayla Potkay

East Carolina University

Teacher Education Major

“I want to become a teacher to serve my community.”

Miguel Diaz

UNC Asheville

Biology Education Major

"I love teaching because no two students, no two days, no two moments are ever the same. It is exhausting, it is exciting, it is as challenging as it is rewarding."

Betts Webster

UNC Asheville

Elementary Education Major

“Teaching is going to be a fulfilling career in which I am able to have a positive, lifelong impact on the next generation in my community.”

Leslie Soesbee

UNC Asheville

Social Studies Education Major

“I want to cultivate a love and appreciation of science in adolescents and help them to find and be their best scientific selves.”

Kenzie Meadows

UNC Asheville

Middle Grades Science Education Major

"Be a teacher so you can spread knowledge and inspire students to do great things in their lives."

Connor Wilkins

East Carolina University

History Education Major

"Every student needs that one teacher to tell them you can and WILL do whatever you set your mind to."

Thomasina Fonville

UNC Wilmington

Special Education Major

"Becoming a teacher is far more than just a job or a career, I will inspire young minds and help them achieve the goals that they set."

Katelyn Taylor

East Carolina University

Elementary Education Major

"I want to become a teacher so that students have an individual that believes in them and pushes them to be the best that they can be."

Hannah Lewis

East Carolina University

Elementary Education Major

"Teachers have such an important role in students lives, and I want to be that teacher that inspires her students."

Ruby Lauman

East Carolina University

Elementary Education Major

 

"I want to make a difference. Teachers have the ability to shape and mold students far more than today's pop stars and global icons. I want to become a teacher because I want to be a part of the change I want to see in the world."

Tristan Hunter

East Carolina University

Middle Grades Education Major

"There is no feeling like that of knowing that you have made a difference for a student, no matter how big or small."

Kyndall Westerbeek

East Carolina University

Elementary Education Major

"I believe that children deserve to be educated by great teachers who care about them and meet their needs. I want to be the teacher to take part in shaping my students into the person they will eventually become no matter what life obstacles they are experiencing. I plan to be more than just an educator to make a difference in my students’ lives."

Fanica' Young

NC A&T State University

Elementary & Special Ed Major

Financial Aid

 

The information below is an overview of key things you need to know about student financial aid. The best source of information about student financial aid is the Financial Aid Office at the college or university you plan to attend. They will know the types of aid you are eligible for and information about scholarships or other types of aid available specifically for students on your campus.

Sources of Financial Aid

There are four main sources of student financial aid including federal and state government agencies, private organizations, and educational institutions.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

This is where it all begins for financial aid. FAFSA is the application used by nearly all colleges and universities to determine eligibility for federal, state, and college-sponsored financial aid, including grants, educational loans, and work-study programs. You will have to complete the FAFSA to be eligible for almost any type of aid. To learn more about FAFSA and how to complete the FAFSA application, click on the Learn More button below.

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Types of Financial Aid

Grants and Scholarships are funds that do not require repayment. Grants are generally awarded to students with the greatest financial need, which is determined by the completion of the FAFSA. Scholarships are gifts of money that do not require repayment and usually recognize special achievements in academics, talent, and leadership. Grants and scholarships can come from a variety of sources. The College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) offers information on grants and scholarships available in North Carolina. To learn more, click on the Learn More button below.

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Student Loans are funds that students and/or parents may borrow to pay for school and require repayment. Learn more about student loans at the CFNC website by clicking on the Learn More button below.

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Forgiveable Education Loans, such as the NC Forgiveable Education Loans for Service (FELS) Program or the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, offer education loans for individuals studying to teach in high need subject areas such as Mathematics, Science, or Special Education. Unlike other student loans, forgiveable loans may be repaid by teaching these high need subjects, often in high-need schools. To learn more about the NC FELS  and TEACH Grant Programs, click on the buttons below.

NC FELS Program
TEACH Grants

Part-Time Work to Help Pay for College. Working part-time is a great way to help pay college costs. Employment may be on-campus, off-campus, or through internships. Your campus financial aid office will have information about part-time work on your campus and the surrounding community. For more information about part-time work at college, click on the Learn More button below to visit the CFNC website.

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