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HCC Tuition Free Guarantee will pay for up to 16 credit hours at the in-state tuition rate and select fees
 for any 2020 qualifying high school graduate (public, private, or homeschool) from Haywood County who does not obtain the full amount needed through federal financial aid and/or scholarships.  The guarantee will be applicable for up to two years (fall & spring semesters only) of enrollment as long as the student continues to meet our predefined criteria. 

The HCC Tuition Free Guarantee will not cover program/course specific fees, out of state tuition costs, or books/materials. However, if approved for additional financial aid or scholarships, those items could still be covered. 

The guarantee is subject to approval from the scholarship committee and availability of funds. 

In order to qualify for the Tuition Free Guarantee, students must complete the following steps before Friday, July 17th, 2020 for the Fall 2020 semester.​

​​Initial Qualification Criteria

1. Be a 2019 high school graduate from Haywood County, public, private, or homeschool. 2. Hold a minimum high school unweighted GPA of 2.8 or greater. 3. Enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester(full-time status) at HCC. 4. Annually complete the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) @ 5. Annually complete the HCC scholarship application at 6. Have a career planning meeting with a high school career coach, the high school programs coordinator or one of our success coaches prior to enrollment.

Continued Qualification Criteria, contact for full details

1. Maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP). 2. Maintain an HCC GPA of 2.0 and a 67% course completion percentage. 3. Continue to enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester (fall & spring). 4. Complete and HCC Scholarship Application.

For additional questions, or to speak with a success coach about enrolling, email


Don't meet the criteria for the HCC Tuition Free Guarantee, but still need financial assistance?

HCC has many financial aid and scholarship options available.  To learn more, click here or email the financial aid office at


All forms of financial aid require students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at: