NC Promise. Where dreams and reality meet.

North Carolina's Promise to Its People

What is NC Promise?

The State of North Carolina established the NC Promise Tuition Plan to increase access to a quality university education by reducing student costs. Undergraduate students at three UNC System campuses, Elizabeth City State University, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and Western Carolina University, pay only $500 for in-state tuition and $2,500 for out-of-state tuition each fall and spring semester.

Who is Eligible?

There are no eligibility requirements to take advantage of NC Promise. All undergraduate students, including full and part-time new freshmen, returning students, transfer students, and students in online programs, receive the NC Promise tuition rate. Costs for part-time students are pro-rated based on the number of credit hours taken. The out-of-state tuition rate also applies to undergraduate international students.

How Do I Apply?

You only need to apply for undergraduate admission to one of the three universities that are designated as NC Promise schools: Elizabeth City State University, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and Western Carolina University. If you are accepted, you will receive the NC Promise state benefit automatically.

To compete in today’s increasingly competitive workforce, I know I need a degree to ensure my success. My mother always pushed us to do our very best. She told us to either beat or meet her education, and she has a master’s degree.

Student | ECSU

Jasmine Riddick

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. 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.

Student | UNCP

Jorden Revels

I’m trying to look out for the future and not be in debt forever. NC Promise opened the door for a college experience I was hoping for. The reduced tuition means less debt, plus the flexibility to work less during school and focus more on my classes. Plus, I’ve gotten to join the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band.

Student | WCU

Marcy Sammons

Use Your Advantage

Apply to one of the of the three universities for only $500 in-state tuition each semester.

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