UNC System tuition grant provided for NCSSM graduates

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – University of North Carolina System leaders today took action to ensure that graduates from the last two classes of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics will receive previously anticipated funding currently in flux due to the ongoing state budget stalemate.

NCSSM graduates have historically received full tuition reimbursement when they enroll in a UNC System institution. However, the budget delay has impacted the schools’ classes of 2018 and 2019. This year’s budget contains funding for the class of 2019, which is currently being treated as a credit by System Schools, but does not include funding for the class of 2018.

“This action will allow tuition payments to be made in a timely fashion and ensure that graduates of the classes of 2018 and 2019 receive the funds that they were promised,” said Alex Mitchell of the UNC Board of Governors.“These actions will help retain these highly-gifted students already enrolled in the UNC System.”

UNC System leaders have identified a temporary funding source for the approximately $1.1 million in funds promised to 176 students enrolled in institutions across the system. The UNC System will continue to work with the General Assembly on a bill that would replenish these funds.  

NCSSM Chancellor Todd Roberts credited the program for helping retain students in North Carolina, with the largest number of NCSSM graduates choosing UNC System schools upon graduation in over a decade.