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Old 08-18-2010, 09:08 AM
 
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I was talking with a buddy and he told me that if you live in NC you can go to state college for free. How can this be true?
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Old 08-18-2010, 09:11 AM
 
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It isn't.

Certainly some scholarship winners will go to college for "free" but the majority will either pay or get financial aid.
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Old 08-18-2010, 09:41 AM
 
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Never heard of that.
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:21 AM
 
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I was talking with a buddy and he told me that if you live in NC you can go to state college for free. How can this be true?
We don't have that in NC - but Louisiana does, though students have to qualify by meeting certain requirements (like being a graduate of a La. high school and maintaining full time status, among others).

Affording College: Louisiana TOPS Program
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Old 08-18-2010, 12:10 PM
 
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To get a free ride at Chapel Hill, you need to win the Morehead Scholarship:
The Morehead-Cain Scholars Program UNC Chapel Hill
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Old 08-18-2010, 02:30 PM
 
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I was talking with a buddy and he told me that if you live in NC you can go to state college for free. How can this be true?
It's not. In-state tuition at state universities is much cheaper for qualified residents (who've lived here at least a year) but it's not "free" unless you win a special scholarship (just like in most other states). You might ask your friend the source of his "information".
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Old 08-19-2010, 07:36 PM
 
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There is this program. https://www.cfnc.org/paying/schol/ncltg.jsp

It covered almost all the costs for my son who attended Mount Olive College while waiting to join the USAF.
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Old 08-19-2010, 07:45 PM
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Not happening in NC. Our "education lottery" money has been siphoned off, big time.

I think GA has this program, and possibly SC, too. You need to have the grades.

In regard to state schools, it is pretty hard to get into the better state universities if you are in state. Lots of competition, and the out of state students, to which there is a limit, are much more lucrative.
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Old 08-20-2010, 01:12 PM
 
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In regard to state schools, it is pretty hard to get into the better state universities if you are in state. Lots of competition, and the out of state students, to which there is a limit, are much more lucrative.
Hmm, being in-state is far, FAR easier to get into UNC-CH, NCSU, etc than from out-of-state. Precisely because of what you say: there is a cap on out-of-staters (18%, I believe). So you have 82% from NC and 18% from the other 49 states and afar; it's much easier to get into a UNC System school from NC (which, of course, is the point). Yes, it's much more competitive than it used to be, because NC's population has grown so much and thus the bar has been raised. But your statement "In regard to state schools, it is pretty hard to get into the better state universities if you are in state." makes it sound as if being instate is actually a hindrance, when in fact, people pull every trick they can think of to be considered "in state" because it is so much easier to get into the state schools if so (as it should be).

Also of note is that children of alumni get put in the "in-state pool" even if out-of-state, when it comes to acceptance (though not tuition).
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Old 08-20-2010, 01:41 PM
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Hmm, being in-state is far, FAR easier to get into UNC-CH, NCSU, etc than from out-of-state. Precisely because of what you say: there is a cap on out-of-staters (18%, I believe). So you have 82% from NC and 18% from the other 49 states and afar; it's much easier to get into a UNC System school from NC (which, of course, is the point). Yes, it's much more competitive than it used to be, because NC's population has grown so much and thus the bar has been raised. But your statement "In regard to state schools, it is pretty hard to get into the better state universities if you are in state." makes it sound as if being instate is actually a hindrance, when in fact, people pull every trick they can think of to be considered "in state" because it is so much easier to get into the state schools if so (as it should be).

Also of note is that children of alumni get put in the "in-state pool" even if out-of-state, when it comes to acceptance (though not tuition).
Uhmmm..you are wrong.
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