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NC Promise

This is our promise: To keep higher education within reach.

The NC Promise program helps us do just that. This program dramatically reduces undergraduate tuition rates at several University of North Carolina system institutions, including ECSU. This program was created to ease the burden of academic costs, bridging the gap in access to education.


No. The NC Promise plan only applies to tuition costs. Other costs and fees will not be reduced by the NC Promise plan.

All undergraduate students attending Elizabeth City State University, Western Carolina University, University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Fayetteville State University pay the reduced student tuition costs. This includes both new and returning full-time students, part-time students, transfer students, students in online programs and international students. No application is needed, and there are no eligibility requirements to take advantage of NC Promise.

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.

The State of North Carolina matches 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.

Because the specific amounts are included in legislation, increases to the $500 and $2,500 student tuition costs 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 of any pending increases.

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.

 While a set tuition price is guaranteed through NC Promise, admission to these four universities is not. A larger applicant pool increases competition for available space in each incoming class.

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