• NC Promise

    NC Promise




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. 

More information about the state program can be found by visiting ncpromise.com or northcarolina.edu.



What is NC Promise?

The North Carolina Promise Tuition Plan is a program of the State of North Carolina established with the intent of increasing access to a quality university education through the University of North Carolina system. Beginning Fall 2018, NC Promise will dramatically reduce student costs at three UNC system campuses: Western Carolina University, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and Elizabeth City State University.

Undergraduate students enrolling Fall 2018 at any of those three institutions will pay only $500 for in-state and $2,500 for out-of-state tuition per semester. The remaining cost of education will be covered through NC Promise.


Why is the state doing this?
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.


Why was ECSU chosen as an NC Promise campus?
According to the NC Senate press release on SB 873, the original intent of the provision for reduced tuition was to create a reduced tuition option that was geographically convenient for each NC citizen.  The original group included ECSU in the far eastern portion of the state.


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 the reduced tuition lessen the quality of education at these schools?
NO! The NC Promise Tuition Plan will not affect accreditations, academic offerings, student support or campus experience. In fact, the reduced cost is likely to allow the institutions to attract the highest quality students, resulting in an enhanced learning environment.


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. The end result is affordability for students without sacrificing our quality.


Will NC Promise affect graduate students?
No. NC Promise does not include any changes for graduate students.