The North Carolina General Assembly has unanimously passed a $850 million financial assistance package that includes $1million for students attending private colleges and universities in the state who are victims of Hurricane Florence.
Several of NCICU’s 36 campuses suffered damage during the September storm resulting in closures and displacement of students. In some cases, students who were unable to go home were taken in by faculty, staff and alumni while campuses worked to restore power, repair damage and clean up debris. There are close to 10,000 students from the FEMA designated counties attending NCICU campuses and universities across the state.
NCICU President A. Hope Williams expressed great appreciation to members of the General Assembly for providing this important support. “Our campuses have students whose families have lost their homes, jobs and/or businesses and may not be able to provide the support for college as expected,” she stated.
“These additional funds will make the difference in allowing students to remain in college and stay on track for graduation rather than having to drop out. We thank the General Assembly for recognizing this need among the many it addressed in this Hurricane Florence relief package.”