You Can Afford a Private College

Once you’ve found a college or university that offers the programs and the opportunities you’re looking for, the questions begin: Can I afford to attend this college? How can I graduate with the least amount of debt? Where can I find information about funding?

You should know that you’re not alone. Ninety percent of the students attending NCICU colleges and universities receive some form of financial assistance, and there are a number of scholarships, grants, and loans that have been created specifically to help students like you offset the cost of a private education.

NCICU is committed to helping students like you obtain the financial information that you need to make college affordable. That’s why we partner with members of our community to create need-based scholarships and programs that help students attend—and succeed in—college. When you are admitted to an NCICU college or university, your financial aid office automatically considers you for these scholarships.

Additionally, most private colleges provide institutional aid (aid directly from the college or university) to help students cover expenses. You can learn more about this type of aid, and the specific programs that your college or university provides, by contacting your financial aid office.

NCICU and our colleges and universities believe in the value of an independent education, and work diligently to make it possible for every interested student to attend the college of his or her choice. Click The Facts or Types of Funding to learn more about the different types of funding available and how aid is determined.


• Almost $100 million in Pell grant funding is given to students at North Carolina’s 36 private, nonprofit colleges and universities each year
• Approximately 50% of NC students receive Pell grants
• Our 36 private, nonprofit colleges and universities provide more than $1.3 billion each year in
institutional aid
• The North Carolina Need Based Scholarship provides $89 million for NC students with financial need
• Student debt for NC private college graduates averages $30k – less than the national average debt for private college graduates which is more than $33k
• Lower cost programs for adults are available at a number of campuses; offered in person and online


For more helpful information, go to Grants and Scholarships and Facts On How Financial Aid is Determined.

Making College Affordable