Some ECU Students Need To Pay Up

Close to 5,000 ECU students are at risk of not being able to attend school.

The registrars office says 4,895 students are at risk of having their schedules canceled due to non-payment. They have six days left to pay before that happens.

Overall, ECU is projecting fall enrollment at 29, 936. That's about 259 fewer students than fall of 2008. That number could decrease even more depending on how many students don't pay over the next week.


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  • by Leonard Location: Greenville on Aug 16, 2009 at 03:26 PM
    If payment isn't due for 6 more days they aren' late paying. Sounds like they're just being smart with their money and leaving it in the bank where it can earn interest. Come on WITN, this would be newsworthy if the due date was last week and this many were late paying. At this point no ECU students are late paying.
  • by DS on Aug 16, 2009 at 08:45 AM
    If you can't pay or get the funds you should not be in scool. It's common sense people.
  • by doverbabe Location: ECU on Aug 16, 2009 at 05:55 AM
    Jeff, Jeff. Misguided Jeff. I am an older, non-traditional student, and have worked hard all my life, with nothing to show for it except bad breaks and heartache. I did, however, decided to continue trying - without anything ever - not once - "handed" to me. I received a couple of nice scholarships as a result of hard academic work and integrity. I received a federal grant because I never had anything in the first place, much less, handed to me. I plan to graduate in May. Please don't generalize all students as you did. It just isn't so.
  • by Pirate Alum Location: Greenville on Aug 16, 2009 at 02:50 AM
    I agree with those of you who think this title is inappropriate. As a alumni and faculty member of ECU, I know there are many factors to consider when looking at "late payments" for students at the beginning of every semester. For example, students are still trying to get permission to enroll in certain/specific courses, financial aid delays, pending grant approvals, etc. The implication that students are somehow irresponsible here is ridiculous. Once again, the media does everything it can to sensationalize something - it's not the students who are irresponsible - it's WITN.
  • by Patrick Location: Greenville on Aug 16, 2009 at 02:39 AM
    Your enrollment data about ECU student enrollment is not accurate. 2008 total enrollment was just over 28,000 students (including distance education students). Projected 2009 enrollment is to be closer to 28,600. Wondering where you got your data.
  • by Student Location: Greenville on Aug 15, 2009 at 06:58 PM
    Jeff: There are those of use who fall through the cracks, no loans or grants, just a full time job and plenty of other obligations. I am sure you are one of those who more than likely did not have to work your way through school.
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Aug 15, 2009 at 03:28 PM
    It's the first lesson in responsibility. Students are so used to having everything handed to them. There are grants and loans available to those who really want to attend.
  • by ProudPirateParent Location: Winterville on Aug 15, 2009 at 02:18 PM
    Could it be the economy? Maybe their parents have just lost a job. And I agree; WITN owes the Pirate Nation an apology for that title. A suggestion "ECU Students Feeling Tough Economy".
  • by parent Location: greenville on Aug 15, 2009 at 12:00 PM
    All the loans are considered before the student is notified that their classes will cancel. It's the students responsibility to make sure their loan paperwork is completed before the deadline. ECU has many programs set up to help a student pay their bills. They just need to ask.
  • by Kevin Location: Surf City on Aug 15, 2009 at 09:55 AM
    Mr. Truth...At the end of the day, either you do have a diploma or you don't. It really doesn't matter where you attended now does it. There are plenty of cryolina grads working for Ol East Carolina right now. :) Enjoy. Flame
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