Governor Roy Cooper announced an investment of $ 51.4 million in scholarships and student financial assistance.
The funding is intended to help improve accessibility to colleges as the state emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Most of the money will be directed to programs that help low- and middle-income families pay for college education.
$ 5 million will support mental health programs in public schools, while more than $ 2 million will be invested in developing equity initiatives for K-12 and post-secondary students .
The money is part of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund, a federal program to help schools cope with the impact of the pandemic.
Just over $ 31 million will help launch the Longleaf Commitment program, which will provide financial assistance to those who attend one of the state’s 58 community colleges. Grants will also be made available to those who wish to move on to a four-year college or university, or whose studies have been interrupted by COVID-19.
According to a press release from the governor’s office, the Longleaf program will set the stage for the proposed NC Guarantee Grants program, which would ensure stronger federal and state grants to attend college.
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