NCSEAA is the state agency that promotes access to higher education by administering financial aid and savings programs, informing students and families about paying for college, teaching educators about financial aid administration, and advocating for resources to support students.

NCSEAA provides the following services:

  • Administering inter-institutional programs of student financial assistance, created by State and federal law and through private resources, designed to help North Carolinians meet the cost of higher education.
  • Publishing and distributing annual publications that assist students, parents, financial aid administrators and school counselors as they investigate financial assistance for postsecondary education. Publications are available at
  • Obtaining and insuring capital for educational loans made available under North Carolina’s Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP).
  • Maintaining an aggressive student loan collection system for recovery of defaulted and matured student loan obligations.
  • Promoting access to financial aid opportunities through outreach activities with school counselors and financial aid administrators so they can assist students and families in planning for educational opportunities.
  • Administering North Carolina’s “529” National College Savings Program.
  • Administering state scholarship grants for parents sending children to private K-12 institutions.
  • Assisting State government officials, the UNC System, the North Carolina Community College System, and the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities in various matters pertaining to financial aid.