Your North Carolina General Assembly passed a bold promise to make college more affordable and increase opportunity across the state. Through the Fixed Tuition Program and the NC Promise Tuition Plan, our state leaders made an investment in your future and in our state because tomorrow’s jobs will demand a more educated workforce. Together, we will strengthen our communities and fuel our state’s economy.
Fixed Tuition Plan Launched Fall 2016
Tuition that stays the same through your four years of college
This program ensures tuition costs will stay the same for North Carolina residents through four years of continuous enrollment* at a UNC System university. With fixed tuition, every North Carolinian will have a predictable and affordable way to pursue a high-quality degree and the opportunity that comes with it.
Fixed Tuition Program universities are: Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, UNC Asheville, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro, UNC Pembroke, UNC School of the Arts, UNC Wilmington, Western Carolina University, and Winston-Salem State University.
NC Promise Tuiton Plan Launched Fall 2018
In-state tuition that’s just $500 per semester at three universities
This plan sets undergraduate in-state tuition at just $500 per semester and out-of-state tuition at just $2,500 per semester at three UNC System universities. North Carolinians can earn a high-quality education at an affordable cost at Elizabeth City State University, UNC Pembroke, and Western Carolina University.
The plan increases educational access, reduces student debt, and grows the state’s economy. These three campuses are geographically diverse and located across the state, ensuring every North Carolinian lives within 150 miles of an NC Promise university.
All students, including those who began their college career before Fall 2018, are eligible. Student fees, including the costs of room and board, are not included.
Elizabeth City State University
Situated in the northeastern coastal town of Elizabeth City, ECSU offers undergraduate and graduate programs 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.
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.
Western Carolina University
WCU is the westernmost institution in the UNC System with its main campus located in Cullowhee, 50 miles west of Asheville. 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.
Fixed Tuition Program Universities
NC Promise Tuition Plan Universities
Jasmine Riddick | Student
Elizabeth City State University
NC Promise helps Elizabeth City State student secure degree, pursue future in hospital management
Born and raised in Elizabeth City, Jasmine Riddick always had her sights on pursuing a four-year degree to help secure her future success. When the NC Promise Tuition Plan, offering $500 per semester tuition, was announced in 2016, Jasmine realized that a high-quality four-year degree at her local university was now within reach.
“NC Promise has reduced the financial burden on my family and has provided me the opportunity to go to college to follow my future career aspirations,” said Jasmine.
Jasmine is now a freshman at Elizabeth City State University seeking a degree in Business Administration. With her degree, Jasmine wants to help others and the community through a career in Hospital Management and Administration. Thanks to NC Promise, Jasmine is now receiving a top-notch education at a university that is also close to home.
Jasmine’s mother, Sharon Riddick, is also thankful for the opportunities provided by the NC Promise tuition plan.
“To compete in today’s increasingly competitive workforce, my daughter needs a degree to ensure her success,” said Sharon. “I’ve always pushed my girls to do their very best. I’ve told them to either beat or meet me, and I have a master’s degree.”
Through the NC Promise tuition plan, more students can now earn a college degree without the burden of student debt.
Jorden Revels | Student
NC Promise lowers financial burden, helps student get more engaged, earn double major
Growing up in a single-parent household, Jorden Revels has been financially independent since enrolling in the University of North Carolina at Pembroke to pursue a degree in environmental psychology.
In high school, Jorden faced financial barriers, and at times, homelessness, which often made college seem out of reach.
“I decided to pursue a four-year degree at UNC Pembroke because I wanted more, not only for myself, but for the community I came from,” said Jorden. “It is not enough for me to just educate myself and change my life; I want to be sure that I get the education I need to change the lives of those around me.”
Since enrolling in UNC Pembroke, it has been Jorden’s goal to take full advantage of every opportunity to ensure he does not squander his college experience. However, the financial burden of tuition made it difficult at times to focus on his studies and stay engaged in the UNC Pembroke community.
With NC Promise, the financial burden of tuition has been lightened, allowing Jorden and other UNC Pembroke students to become more engaged in the community and student organizations than ever before. This year, Jorden is serving as Vice President of the Student Government Association.
“Thanks to the educational opportunities provided to me at UNC Pembroke, I now have to equipment I need to go out and change the world,” said Jorden.
Aron Kleinschrodt | Student
Western Carolina University
NC Promise helps one student avoid debt as he prepares for a career in public service
As a student at Piedmont High School in Unionville, NC, Aron Kleinschrodt signed up for a senior year fire academy program, and he was hooked. There is no question in Kleinschrodt’s mind that he wants to be a firefighter.
The Piedmont program set him up to hit the ground running. Before graduation he was certified as a firefighter for the state of North Carolina. He could work almost anywhere.
But his parents — one an occupational therapist and one a school psychologist — convinced Kleinschrodt that a college degree would open doors that would be closed to him otherwise.
“I wouldn’t have had to have a degree, but I understand that getting an education will help me move up in my career faster,” he said.
Still, he was worried about the cost. His grandfather had started a savings account for both he and his twin brother to attend college, but with the continually rising cost of school it wouldn’t be enough.
Then, at a college fair in Charlotte he was given a brochure for a new program from the state of North Carolina called NC Promise. One of the schools included in the program, Western Carolina University, had already been on his radar.
“I knew I wanted to be in the mountains, but I also knew that I had to worry about how I was going to pay for it,” he said. “NC Promise was the answer. If I didn’t have the option of going to WCU, it would have been a challenge.”
For Kleinschrodt, being in the mountains was about more than his love for the outdoors. He knew that improving his skills in outdoor sports would translate well into work as a firefighter, especially working in rural communities or in forest land. Plus, WCU offers majors in parks and recreation, emergency disaster management, and emergency medical care, all of which would apply well to his hopeful career. To top it all off, WCU’s campus recreation department includes Base Camp Cullowhee, an on-campus adventure guide service, where Kleinschrodt hopes to work during school.
While his twin brother decided to live at home an attend community college, at least for the first year, Kleinschrodt said he’s thankful to be living on campus.
“I think it’s going to make all the difference,” he said. “I totally believe in living on campus and getting those roots in place your first year. How many true friends would I really make, how many connections would I have, if I didn’t live on campus?”
Thanks to NC Promise, Kleinschrodt plans to use the savings account his grandfather set aside for the first two years of school and save up for his upperclassman years. He hopes to be able to graduate without student debt.
That means a lot to Kleinschrodt as he considers a career that is focused more on service than salary.
“I’ve always wanted to be a community servant — someone who is there for people when they need them most,” he said.
Natalya Sampson | Student | UNC Pembroke
NC Promise allows UNC Pembroke student to pursue degree; inspires desire to give back to Robeson County’s healthcare industry
As part of a family who places high value in academia, it was instilled in Natalya Sampson at a young age that education is the gateway to success. She had always planned on attending college, but wasn’t quite sure how she would afford it.
The NC Promise Tuition Plan came at the perfect time for Natalya, offering her the opportunity to follow in her parents’ footsteps by attending the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNC Pembroke) to achieve her academic goals.
Not only has Natalya been able to pursue a degree in business administration through this affordable program, but the tuition savings she realized allowed her to take part in the traditional college experience by living on campus her first year and purchase her first car.
“I feel really comfortable knowing that I’ll graduate with minimal debt because of NC Promise,” said Natalya, now a senior. “It’s a burden lifted off of me, and its rewarding knowing I can get a high-class education for a really low price.”
Currently a senior, Natalya plans to pursue a master’s degree in business administration at UNC Pembroke upon undergraduate completion with hopes to join the workforce as a healthcare administrator. “If I could find a nice job here in Robeson County, I’d like to make a difference,” said Natalya.
While UNC Pembroke feels like home to her now, Natalya is thankful that NC Promise gave her the opportunity to be molded by her professors into a competitive professional who can thrive in her future career.
We Promise Campaign
The We Promise campaign educates North Carolinians about the affordable options that put higher education within their reach, including the Fixed Tuition Program and the NC Promise Tuition Plan.
This significant investment honors the state’s constitutional commitment to make higher education “as free as practicable” so that it is accessible to all citizens. It also supports North Carolina’s economic development by creating a well-educated workforce, increasing recruitment of high-performing out-of-state students, and decreasing student debt.
There is no limit to how many North Carolinians can take advantage of the Fixed Tuition Program or the NC Promise Plan.
The Fixed Tuition Program
Resident undergraduate students attending a university within the UNC System are ensured that their tuition rates will stay the same for eight consecutive semesters. The Fixed Tuition Program passed by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2016 (North Carolina General Statute 116-143.9) increases accessibility to a four-year college education for every citizen in our state.
All 16 UNC System universities, including the NC Promise schools, are a part of the Fixed Tuition Program. Those include: Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, UNC Asheville, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro, UNC Pembroke, UNC School of the Arts, UNC Wilmington, Western Carolina University, and Winston-Salem State University.
The Fixed Tuition Program covers tuition only. Each university has additional student fees and you will incur other expenses, such as housing and meals, transportation, and personal expenses. Fees differ per university; however, legislation passed by the North Carolina General Assembly capped student fee increases at three percent annually at all UNC System universities.
The Fixed Tuition Program only applies to undergraduate students.
Transfer students will receive fixed tuition for a prorated period based on credit hours. Students who have interrupted continuous enrollment may petition for a waiver to retain initial fixed tuition under the following conditions: (1) military service obligation, (2) serious medical debilitation, or (3) short- or long-term disability.
The following categories of students are not eligible for the Fixed Tuition Program: continuing education students; students currently enrolled in a cooperative innovative high school/early college, consortium, or dual-enrollment program; students seeking second degrees; readmits who are not granted an appeal; students seeking non-degrees; UNC Online, World Language, and non-resident students; and graduate and professional students.
The Fixed Tuition Program only applies to in-state students.
The NC Promise Tuiton Plan
The NC Promise Tuition Plan makes good on our state’s commitment to keeping college affordable and accessible for as many North Carolinians as possible. In an effort to help reduce student debt and meet the needs of our evolving state economy, the North Carolina General Assembly set in-state tuition for three geographically-diverse universities at just $500 per semester and just $2,500 for out-of-state tuition.
The NC Promise institutions are Elizabeth City State University, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and Western Carolina University. All resident undergraduate students enrolled at these universities can attend for just $500 per semester tuition in-state and just $2,500 per semester for out-of-state.
The NC Promise Tuition Plan covers tuition only. Each university has additional student fees and you will incur other expenses, such as housing and meals, transportation, and personal expenses. Fees differ per university; however, legislation passed by the North Carolina General Assembly capped student fee increases at three percent annually at all UNC System universities.
When a student is accepted to Elizabeth City State University, The University of Carolina at Pembroke, or Western Carolina University, they are automatically enrolled in the program.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 the NC Promise Plan.
Please note that these changes do not apply to graduate programs.
Tuition is prorated for part-time undergraduate students. Specific per-hour tuition costs can be found on the individual university websites.
Because the specific amounts are included in legislation, increases to the $500 student tuition cost will have to be set by the NC 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 NC Promise Tuition Plan is only available to undergraduate students.
NC Promise is available to all undergraduate students at the three NC Promise universities. Tuition will be prorated for part-time undergraduate students. Specific per-hour tuition costs can be found on the individual university websites.
The NC Promise Tuition Plan applies to both in- and out-of-state students. Under the NC Promise Plan, in-state students pay just $500 per semester tuition, and out-of-state students pay just $2,500 per semester tuition.