The Governor and the North Carolina General Assembly have responded to the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic by providing additional financial support to help North Carolina students attend and remain in the state’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities. In addition to appropriating funds specifically for students and families affected by COVID-19, the General Assembly increased funding by $2.2 million beginning this academic year for all students receiving the North Carolina Need-Based Scholarship (NCNBS).

If you or a family member are among the thousands of North Carolina students to receive the NCNBS, please take a moment to thank your state legislators – in the North Carolina House of Representatives and the North Carolina Senate – for increasing this scholarship, as well as for the aid they provided during the pandemic.

Contacting your state legislators has never been easier. Click the “Take Action” button below and simply enter the information in the spaces provided.  Click “Go!” and follow the prompts. The names of your state senator and state representative will appear along with space to write a short email message to them.

Here are a few talking points you may want to consider:
1. Tell them where you are from, so they will know you are a part of their district.
2. Tell them which college or university you attend and your major or interested area or study.
3. Thank them for supporting the NC Need Based Scholarship for private college students – including the additional $2.2 million of funding in this year’s budget and for the additional COVID-19 Relief Funding.
4. Explain what this state financial aid means to you and your family, and how it helps you afford college.

Thank you for making time to say thank you. Legislators often say that they only hear from constituents when there are problems. It is important for them to hear directly from students and families about the importance of this increased state financial aid support and the difference it makes for North Carolina students and families.

Thank your Legislator