Jan. 24, 2024    
Leha Byrd  
ECSU Communications and Marketing    
Email or 252-335-8745  
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (Jan. 24, 2024) - Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) will participate in Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Day, Saturday, January 27, 2024.   
Across the state, FAFSA Day is an opportunity for universities to provide support for families with questions about the recently overhauled FAFSA form. Assistance is available from 9 a.m. to noon on the first floor of the ECSU Welcome Center.   The FAFSA is a critical tool for college goers seeking grants, scholarships, loans, and other forms of student financial aid.
For North Carolinians from low- and middle-income families, a completed FAFSA is the only application needed to determine eligibility for the Next NC Scholarship. This scholarship will award a minimum of $5,000 to attend any University of North Carolina (UNC) System  institution.   
The Next NC Scholarship combines federal Pell grants and state-funded financial aid to provide students enough money to cover half, if not all, of their tuition and fees at any UNC System institution. Students with greater need can qualify for even more support. The scholarship also covers the entirety of tuition and fees at any of the state’s 58 community colleges. Eligibility requirements include North Carolina residency, a high school diploma or equivalent, and a household income requirement of $80,000 or less.  
“The Next NC Scholarship is yet another example of how North Carolina is making higher education more accessible and affordable,” said UNC System President Peter Hans. “We’ve worked to streamline this effort for years because we understand that for many, financial aid is the deciding factor between going to college or not. The Next NC scholarship provides money for college that students don’t have to pay back — a tremendous opportunity for North Carolinians from all corners of our state.”    
North Carolina’s median household income is $66,186, according to data collected by the United States Census Bureau from 2018-22. About 55% of all North Carolina households would qualify for the Next NC Scholarship, according to data provided by the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority. 
Follow this link for more information about FAFSA Day and a map of participating institutions. Additional information about the Next NC Scholarship can be found here.  

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