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Say “I’m Next” June 11 at RCC; qualified students will receive $3000 NextNC Scholarship

Officials at Robeson Community College want to hear you say “I’m Next!” on Tuesday, June 11 during the inaugural “I’m Next” Fest. The event will take place on the main campus in Lumberton from 4pm to 7pm in Building 13, the Student Center.

 So, what’s next, you might ask?

 The NextNC Scholarship, that’s what. The scholarship provides at least $3000 to qualified students who reside in North Carolina and are from a household with an annual Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $80,000 or less.

 All students have to do is fill out the FAFSA to determine eligibility.

 “This is a great opportunity for everyone living in Robeson County, it is a game changer,” stated RCC President Melissa Singler. “About 80% of our county will qualify for this scholarship, which may provide an opportunity for students to experience college at essentially no cost or minimal cost, which is why we are hosting this event to get people on campus and to get those FAFSAs filled out.”

 “I’m Next” Fest will offer students an opportunity to learn more about the scholarship as well as be a fun way to get to know faculty, staff, and other students at Robeson Community College.

 “We want you to say ‘I’m Next’ and complete your FAFSA,” stated Vice President Dr. Johnny Smith. “When you say ‘I’m Next’ you’re saying you’re ready to get your degree and get started on a new path of discovery and transformation.”

 Representatives from the Student Services Division – Admissions, Financial Aid, Advising and Counseling, and Records – will be on hand to answer questions about completing your RCC application, filing the FAFSA, registering for classes, and more.

 “We will be rolling out the red carpet for everyone on June 11, so we would love to see our soon-to-be graduates from the Public Schools of Robeson County, our family members, our neighbors, our friends from church, and just anyone in the community that is seeking a better life, better skills, better jobs, and a better future,” Smith said.

Pizza is set to be served at 5pm. There will be door prizes and a chance to win a laptop computer, as well as several gift cards, and more. Free t-shirts will be given away during each of the I’m Next sessions, so come and get yours while they last

 “It’s going to be event of the summer in Robeson County,” Smith said. “RCC – right here, right now, this is the place.”

 If you are unable to attend on June 11, a similar event will be held on June 25 and July 15.  

Costs to attend Robeson Community College

 With the NextNC covering at least $3000 towards tuition, we thought we would find out how much it actually costs to attend Robeson Community College.

 “The cost a student may pay depends heavily on how many credit hours they register for and their program of study – for example, several programs require uniforms like nursing, welding, cosmetology, and basic law enforcement training, which is an added expense,” stated Sara Britt, from the registrar’s office.

 According to the Registrar’s Office, the maximum cost for a full-time, in-state student attending Robeson Community College with 16 credit hours or more is $1,216.00 plus the cost of books, fees, supplies, tools, and uniforms. The cost per credit hour is $76.

 “Most full-time students will only take 12-credit hours,” stated Britt. “That would be a total cost of $912 for tuition, plus books, fees, and other items needed based on the program the student is enrolled in.”

 So, come out to Robeson Community College, June 11. Apply, file the FAFSA, register, and be well on your way to start working towards your goals this August with the $3000 NextNC Scholarship. It’s the best deal you’ll find around.