NC Career and College Promise


Career and college promise will prepare eligible high school students for life after high schoolNC Career and College Promise offers qualified North Carolina students the opportunity to begin their two- or four-year college work while they are in high school. Those eligible get a tuition-free head start on workplace and college preparation.

How do you earn credits towards a college degree or a technical job certification through Career & College Promise?

Get the details and eligibility requirements on these options if you will be a high junior or senior as of January 2012 or later:

  • College Transfer - Earn tuition-free course credits toward a four-year degree through North Carolina’s community colleges.
  • Technical Career - Earn tuition-free credits toward an entry-level job credential, certificate or diploma in a technical career through North Carolina’s community colleges.

Get the information and requirements on this option if you are a student in grades 9 to 12 with access to an approved cooperative innovative high school:

  • Innovative High Schools (limited availability) – Begin earning tuition-free college credits as a high-school freshman by attending a Cooperative Innovative High School.

To learn more, visit the NC Career and College Promise website ( or download the brochure.

How Can Help

  • Learn About Careers
    As you plan for which Career and College Promise courses and programs are right for you, learn more about yourself with fun career inventories and explore over 2,000 career profiles.

  • Apply and Send Transcripts
    When you are ready to complete the online application for Career and College Promise to your local community college, you can access the application either through the community college website or through

  • Plan Your Transfer
    Use the CFNC Transfer Navigator to see how your college credit courses will transfer to four-year colleges in North Carolina and learn more about College Entrance Requirements.

  • Find Additional Ways to Handle College Costs
    If you need help paying other college expenses, get some tips here.