NC Promise FAQ

NC Promise Tuition Plan Frequently Asked Questions

The 2016 Appropriations Act, House Bill 1030, was passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor McCrory on July 14, 2016, and included the NC Promise Tuition Plan in Section 11.4(c).  This FAQ is meant to answer the most commonly asked questions that have stemmed from ECSU's inclusion in NC Promise.


What is NC Promise?

NC Promise will set the tuition rates for ECSU, UNCP and WCU at $500 per semester ($1,000 per year) for resident undergraduate students and $2,500 per semester ($5,000 per year) for nonresident undergraduate students. 

Why was ECSU chosen to be a part of NC Promise?

Legislative leaders have said the NC Promise universities were selected to provide geographically diverse opportunities for the residents of North Carolina to have access to affordable higher education.

When will NC Promise go into effect?

NC Promise will take effect in the fall semester of 2018.

How will NC Promise affect ECSU’s enrollment?

Making ECSU’s quality education even more affordable is anticipated to result in an increase in enrollment. 

How will NC Promise affect ECSU’s mission and identity?

The bill specifically states that “…the UNC Board of Governors shall give due consideration to maintaining the unique historical character of each institution…” 

Will this affect ECSU’s level of funding?

NC Promise is meant to be funding neutral for included universities.  Any potential loss in funding for the university due to lower tuition will be made up for with state appropriation. 

Will NC Promise affect graduate students?

No, NC Promise does not include any changes for graduate students.

What will the cost for attending ECSU be once NC Promise is in effect?

Please see below for a few different scenarios.