Guaranteed college scholarship program launches in N.C.: Affordability efforts come at a critical time for higher education

Starting in the fall, North Carolina students whose families make less than $80,000 a year will receive a guaranteed scholarship toward attending any of the state’s public colleges and universities. 

Large freshman class hopeful sign for future WCU growth

For the third year running, freshman enrollment has increased at Western Carolina University, a metric that university leaders hope will signal an end to multiple years of falling enrollment in the wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic. 

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