Responding to the trend, Governor Roy Cooper announced the Longleaf Commitment Grant in the spring, a scholarship reserved for the high school class of 2021, funded by federal COVID-19 stimulus money.
The scholarship was intended for residents of the state with a family income of less than approximately $ 100,000 who have enrolled in credit courses this fall. Eligible full-time students were guaranteed to receive $ 700 to $ 2,800 per year, for a total of two years.
Community Colleges in North Carolina charge up to $ 1,216 per semester, so the Longleaf Commitment Grant, along with Federal Pell Grants and State Needs-Based Grants, were intended to cover all or almost all of the tuition and annual fees of eligible students.
The governor has pledged $ 31 million, including $ 25 million for student aid and $ 6 million in matching funds to expand student support services as part of the effort.
According to information posted on the community college system’s website, the scholarship was designed as a critical intervention to help the state meet its goals of academic success while helping high school graduates catch up on the learning they would have. may have missed while classes were virtual during the pandemic.
At GTCC, more than half of the 2021 high school graduates who enrolled this fall have received the Longleaf Commitment Scholarship, Clarke said. Of the 1,059 registered students, 578 obtained a scholarship.