Need-based Scholarships

Appalachian's ACCESS Scholarship

The Appalachian Commitment to a College Education for Student Success (ACCESS) scholarship makes college accessible and affordable for North Carolina students with high financial need. Learn more.

Federal Financial Aid

Eligibility and consideration for one of the many need-based scholarships offered by Appalachian State University is based on submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The priority deadline for the FAFSA is March 1 and students must complete a new FAFSA each year. 

Based on information provided on the FAFSA along with other criteria (high school, county, major, etc.) you may qualify for one of our need-based scholarships as well as state or federal scholarships and/or grants. You do not have to complete the FAFSA for consideration of the merit-based scholarships. To learn more about applying for need-based aid, please visit the Financial Aid office website.