Uncategorized

To boost the economy, increase access to community college

North Carolina’s community college system helps workers upgrade their skills, and helps our state build toward the economy of the future. But, a new report from the Budget & Tax Center says, we need to do far more to promote access.

Here are a few of the facts contained in a news release about the report, released today by author Alexandra Forter Sirota:

  • National evidence suggests that 45 percent of students are failing to complete their education programs due to financial strain.
  • For unemployed workers seeking to upgrade their skills and stimulate North Carolina’s economy, access to community college is critical. Yet only about one-third of North Carolina’s community college campuses (21 of 58) offer access to federal student loan programs

  • Sending one student to community college costs working families about one-third of their total family income. The cost of full-time enrollment in community college represents 32 percent of family income for those families in the lowest 40 percent of the income distribution in North Carolina.
  • Tuition at NC community colleges has skyrocketed over the past decade. Since 2000, tuition cost per credit hour has increased by 80 percent.

  • It isn’t just tuition that serves as a financial barrier. When costs such as transportation, books and room and board are included, students face an average financial need after financial aid of 80 percent of their education costs.

We’ll be offering up more interesting community college facts throughout the day on the @ncjustice Twitter feed as well.

2 Comments


  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by RahevarG, NRahevar, QRahevar, PRahevar, ORahevar and others. ORahevar said: To boost the economy, increase access to community college: Sending one student to community college costs worki… http://twurl.nl/s481dv […]

  2. michelpaul

    June 25, 2010 at 4:52 am

    Mortgage Loan Modification is the only solution to save your home and stop foreclosure. Some 650,000 troubled borrowers have been put into trial loan modifications under the president’s foreclosure rescue plan, the Treasury Department said Tuesday. That number represents only 20% of eligible homeowners. Mortgage Home Modification Program is the solution to save your house and stop foreclosure process Use this free tool to see if you qualify for loan modification http://bit.ly/b8C0iS

Check Also

From Oregon to Wounded Knee

In my home state of Oregon, a group ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

When Andrea Hudson was pulled over for a routine traffic violation in 2013, the police officer found [...]

Right now in Shenzhen, which, with 12 million people is the fastest-growing city in China, a young c [...]

On Tuesday, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger—one of the state’s most powerful Republican politic [...]

Unsurprisingly, the agenda for the General Assembly's "short session" that commences [...]

The post Bite the Apple & NC’s HB2 Legacy appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

When I headed off to college, I could not have predicted that many of the funding streams, positions [...]

For those who pay only periodic attention to the ins and outs of lawmaking in the North Carolina Gen [...]

The post Know your ‘Thug’ appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

Now hiring

NC Policy Watch is now hiring a Managing Editor – click here for more info.