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The NC Promise Tuition Plan

As home to the nation’s first public university, North Carolina has had a long-standing commitment to educational opportunity for all residents. The NC Promise Tuition Plan reaffirms the state’s commitment to make the university experience affordable and accessible to all.

Through NC Promise, the state will significantly reduce student tuition cost at three UNC system institutions – Elizabeth City State University, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and Western Carolina University – beginning in Fall 2018. The plan will increase educational access, reduce student debt and grow the state’s economy.

Universities
University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Located in southeastern North Carolina, UNCP offers 41 undergraduate and 17 graduate programs as well as a variety of “pathways to success” at one of the most diverse campuses in the South. UNCP’s personalized approach to education means each student is an individual and thrives in a warm and welcoming community. Wherever you want to go, whatever you choose to do, UNC Pembroke will help you get there from here. Learn more at uncp.edu.

Elizabeth City State University

Situated in the northeastern coastal town of Elizabeth City, ECSU offers undergraduate and graduate programs of study in aviation, behavioral sciences, business and economics, mathematics and computer science, natural sciences, and teaching and administration. We prepare our graduates for leadership, a lifetime of learning, and a legacy of success. Learn more at ecsu.edu.

Western Carolina University

WCU is the westernmost institution in the UNC system with its main campus located in 50 miles west of Asheville in Cullowhee. Named the Southeast and mid-Atlantic’s No. 1 Adventure College for three years running, WCU offers rigorous academic programming that is deeply connected with the mountain region through service learning, research in partnership with industry, and outdoor classroom experiences. Learn more at wcu.edu.

The three NC Promise campuses are geographically diverse and located across the state.
Tuition Comparisons

The NC Promise Tuition Plan will reduce in-state tuition cost to $500 per semester and out-of-state tuition to $2,500 per semester beginning in Fall 2018. This applies to all students, including those who began their college career before Fall 2018. Student fees along with room and board cost will not be impacted.

Comparison costs for in-state residential students:
University Current Annual Tuition Annual Tuition with NC Promise Current Annual Total Cost* Annual Total Cost with NC Promise*
ECSU $2,856.00 $1,000.00 $14,536.03 $12,680.03
UNCP $3,602.00 $1,000.00 $17,277.46 $14,675.46
WCU $3,971.00 $1,000.00 $18,635.94 $15,664.94


*Total annual cost includes tuition, required fees for residential students, standard meal plan and standard residence hall double room.

The NC Promise Tuition Plan will reduce in-state tuition cost to $500 per semester and out-of-state tuition to $2,500 per semester beginning in Fall 2018. This applies to all students, including those who began their college career before Fall 2018. Student fees along with room and board cost will not be impacted.

Comparison costs for in-state residential students:
ECSU
Current Annual Tuition $2,856.00
Annual Tuition with NC Promise $1,000.00
Current Annual Total Cost* $14,536.03
Annual Total Cost with NC Promise*  $12,680.03
UNCP
Current Annual Tuition $3,602.00
Annual Tuition with NC Promise $1,000.00
Current Annual Total Cost* $17,277.46
Annual Total Cost with NC Promise* $14,675.46
WCU
Current Annual Tuition $3,971.00
Annual Tuition with NC Promise $1,000.00
Current Annual Total Cost* $18,635.94
Annual Total Cost with NC Promise* $15,664.94

*Total annual cost includes tuition, required fees for residential students, standard meal plan and standard residence hall double room.

Access and Affordability

Reducing Student Debt

By lowering the overall cost of college, the NC Promise Tuition Plan will reduce the amount students need to borrow, resulting in less debt after graduation. The national average for student loan debt for 2016 graduates is $37,172.

Meeting Needs of a Growing State

NC Promise will also open the door for more high-performing students, both in-state and out-of-state, to earn degrees in fields such as engineering, education, computer science, healthcare, business and finance, aviation, and technology to meet the needs of businesses throughout the state.

Frequently Asked Questions

All undergraduate students attending Western Carolina, UNCP and ECSU will pay the reduced student tuition costs beginning in Fall 2018. This includes both new and returning students, transfer students, students in online programs and international students. There are no eligibility requirements to take advantage of NC Promise. When a student is accepted to one of these three schools, they are automatically enrolled in the program.

Please note these changes do not apply to graduate programs.

Tuition will be prorated for part-time undergraduate students. Specific per-hour tuition costs are still being developed.

Because the specific amounts are included in legislation, increases to the $500 student tuition cost will have to be set by the state legislature as needed in response to inflation or other factors. At this time, we do not know whether increases over time are intended or will be considered.

The state of North Carolina will match dollar for dollar the difference between current tuition costs and the NC Promise Plan Tuition Plan cost. The end result is affordability for students without sacrificing quality.

This significant investment in access to higher education honors the state’s constitutional commitment to make higher education available to all citizens “as free as is reasonably possible.” It also supports economic development in the state by helping North Carolina meet demands for a well-educated workforce, increasing recruitment of high-performing out-of-state students, and decreasing college indebtedness.

The three participating institutions are strategically located in different parts of the state, providing proximity of access to a majority of citizens. In addition, each of the campuses has a historical mission of providing an accessible education. Plus, the three schools offer different academic programming, providing for a wide variety available to prospective students.

The three universities expect a higher than normal number of applications beginning Fall 2018. While a set tuition price is guaranteed through NC Promise, admission to these three universities is not. A larger applicant pool will likely increase competition for available space in each incoming class.