Do you believe that financial circumstances shouldn’t limit a student’s future? Do you believe possibility should never feel out of reach? That’s what the Extraordinary Opportunity Scholarship Initiative is all about.
Currently, roughly half of NC State undergrads qualify for need-based aid based on federal guidelines.
The average need per student is $16,000.
We’re able to meet 78% of the need through scholarships, grants and loans.
The gap that remains, though, can make the difference between a student pursuing their dreams or setting those ambitions aside.
Through the Extraordinary Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (EOSI), we’re coming together to make sure that every accepted student can make the most out of their chance to join the Pack — because when we give first-generation students and those from low- to middle-income families the opportunity to succeed by removing financial barriers, the results are extraordinary.Make a Gift
“Do it because you want to and because you know it is going to help. It is a certainty that it will help someone. It helped me.”
— Will Gibson ’23
- More than 70% of our undergraduates apply for financial aid.
- Approximately 50% of our undergraduates qualify for some form of need-based aid, based on federal guidelines.
- The average cost of attendance at NC State is $24,500. Although we are recognized for our affordability, a student cannot hope to cover this cost through summer jobs or by working during the school year.
- In the 2019-20 academic year, the total unmet annual need for North Carolina residents at NC State was $32 million.
- We lose promising scholars because we currently cannot meet 100% of need.
- With a combination of endowed and current-use gifts, EOSI is closing the gap in real-time — and ensuring we can continue to provide for our students for years to come.
- The first 31 EOSI awards were made for the spring 2021 semester, benefiting students at each of NC State’s colleges. This number increased to approximately 50 in fall 2021.
All statistics are provided annually from the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.
Extraordinary Opportunity: Victoria Moore
Growing up in Raleigh as the child of an alumna meant Victoria Moore ’22 always had her eye on attending NC State, but it was Prague, Czech Republic, that actually brought her to the Pack.
Extraordinary Opportunity: Rome Williams
NC State defensive tackle Rome Williams is the recipient of a new type of financial aid that allows him to play for the Pack while preparing for life after football. The only thing more impactful than this student-athlete is his scholarship.
Extraordinary Opportunity: Will Gibson
A new type of scholarship enabled Will Gibson to become the latest member of his family to join the Pack. Thanks to NC State’s numerous learning possibilities, the sky is the limit on where he goes from here.
Extraordinary Opportunity: Rachel Cherry
After receiving the Extraordinary Opportunity Scholarship, Rachel Cherry ’22 found the freedom to explore a new major and an exciting new job opportunity — most importantly, the support gave her the motivation to work harder with confidence in her future.
Investing in Students: a Q&A with Krista Ringler
Krista Ringler, associate vice provost and director of scholarships and financial aid at NC State, shares how the Campaign has strengthened the university's ability to meet student need and importance of continuing to invest in opportunity and access.