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East Carolina University’s College of Engineering and Technology has become a campus model for helping low income students overcome barriers. Making this initiative possible is a grant from the National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program. Aims for this program include improving educational outcomes for community college transfer students.
UNC system schools participating in NC Promise, which offers a tuition reduction for all students, are Elizabeth City State University, UNC Pembroke, and Western Carolina University. Past decreased enrollment was the factor related to the selection of these schools. Increasing affordability for students from all economic backgrounds and gaining academically competitive students were cited as reasons for creating NC Promise.