Our Promise of Access

Imagine a bold, confident Wolfpack filled with students of every background, preparing for success without financial worry. Imagine a state where talent is never wasted and possibility never feels out of reach.

With the Extraordinary Opportunity Scholarship Initiative, this vision can become reality.

Empowering more North Carolinians – of every family background and economic situation – to earn a college degree has always been at the heart of our land-grant mission to solve problems and fuel prosperity. We’re proud to be a real-world university of the people.

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But more than 70% of our undergraduates apply for financial aid. Roughly half of our undergrads qualify for need-based aid, under federal guidelines.

Now, with the Extraordinary Opportunity Scholarship Initiative, we’re coming together to narrow those funding gaps. We’re reaffirming our commitment to access and affordability for scholars from across our state. We’re reaffirming our belief in the importance and urgency of investing in the potential of every single North Carolina student, especially those from counties and rural communities that others might leave behind, those who are the first in their families to attend college and those from groups underrepresented in higher education.

We’re keeping our promise of access. We’re making sure doors stay open and there’s room in our Pack.

When we give first-generation students and students from low- to middle-income families the opportunity to succeed by removing financial barriers, the results are extraordinary.

Opening Doors, Fulfilling Dreams

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