Prospective Applicants

The Application Process

Key Activities for Prospective Applicants

  • Complete and submit NCPFP online application, including upload of supporting documents, by Monday, January 15, 2018. Apply Here
  • Take the GRE/MAT by January 15, 2018.
  • Participate in a Candidate Assessment Day
    • March 5, 2018 – UNC Charlotte
    • March 7, 2018 – North Carolina A&T State University
    • March 9, 2018 – East Carolina University

Please follow the links below to print the application instructions and application supporting documents. Read the application instructions carefully and follow the link to complete the online application.

Application Instructions

Application – Supporting Documents

Online Application

Important Information to Consider…

  • This is a competitive, merit-based process.Read More
    While meeting the nine minimum criteria makes you eligible to be considered for a scholarship loan, it does not mean you will be selected to receive a scholarship loan. Exceptions are not made for applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifying criteria (found on page 2 of the application).
  • The deadline for submission of the application is Monday, January 15, 2018. Read More
    Your application must be received or postmarked by this date. All required documents including references must also be received or postmarked by this date. Failure to submit all required documents by the deadline may result in your application not being reviewed for eligibility.
  •  $45.00 application fee. Read More
    The $45.00 application fee is non-refundable, non-deductible and non-applicable to tuition or any fees.
  • You must apply to a MSA program and unconditionally admitted in spring 2018. Read More
    You must have applied to a Master of School Administration program at a participating institution and must have been unconditionally admitted to the program by the time the Principal Fellows Commission selects the recipients in spring 2018.
  • You must meet the minimum requirements to receive the scholarship/loan. Exceptions are not made for applicants who do not meet these minimum requirements. Read More
    Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Immigrant Alien or a Non-Immigrant Alien with the capacity to remain indefinitely in North Carolina.
    • Not be in default on any previous federal or North Carolina student loan.
    • Be a domiciliary (legal resident) of North Carolina.
    • Have a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a state, regional, or national accrediting agency.
    • Have at least a 3.2 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 semester hours of study, including any graduate work.
    • Have completed no more than two courses (6 semester hours) that apply toward the master’s in school administration.
    • Have a minimum of four (4) years of successful full-time classroom teaching experience (does not include part-time substitute teaching or teacher assistant experience) or other relevant experiences.
    • Evidence of unconditional admission for Fall 2018-2019 as a full-time student in the first year of a two-year master’s degree program in school administration at a participating institution(s) of the University of North Carolina by the date the Principal Fellows Commission selects the recipients in the spring.
    • Enroll for a full-time academic load for duration of program.

If selected as a Principal Fellow, you will need to apply for an official leave of absence or resign your position.  Note:  continuation of the state health plan for the Fellow is ONLY available to Fellows who are on an official leave of absence from their school system.