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Pack Promise

We are making a promise that every NC resident admitted to NC State, regardless of income, will have access to a quality education and become part of the Pack.

Paying for college is no easy feat. In fact, students who have to borrow money to complete a bachelor’s degree often graduate with up to $20,000 in debt. For those with the greatest financial need, Pack Promise is here to help you eliminate the barrier of cost standing between you and a college education.

At NC State, we believe getting a college degree doesn’t mean you should get buried in debt. That’s why we created Pack Promise, a program that helps the students who need it most. But Pack Promise does more than put your college education within reach—it guarantees that NC residents who qualify for Pack Promise will receive an aid package that meets 100% of their demonstrated financial need.

Just like all other NC State students, Pack Promise scholars are smart. They’re high achievers with a passion for learning and an unwavering determination to succeed. The only difference is financial need. Incoming freshmen from North Carolina who have a family income at or below 150% of the federal poverty level with limited assets may be eligible. Pack Promise is only available to North Carolina residents.

And there’s more good news: No matter your field of study, you can still benefit from the program. You'll find Pack Promise scholars enrolled in each of NC State’s 10 colleges as well as participating in many of the more than 400 student organizations.

Pack Promise is more than our financial commitment to you—it’s also a commitment to help you succeed personally and academically. It’s about putting you in contact with important resources and people. To help ensure your success, you may be paired with an upper-class mentor—a student who’s been where you are and can help as you navigate your way through the university. And you will also be able to connect with an academic coach. Coaches are faculty and staff who meet with Pack Promise students throughout your first year to help you think through solutions to problems you may encounter on campus. College is a major life change, and an academic coach helps you recognize and adjust to the changes based on the way you learn and the way you connect with others. Workshops offered throughout the semester help you learn to manage your time, develop new academic strategies, organize your finances, and more.