NC Lottery Bucks: Student Aid Cut To Repay Debts

The proposed state budget could cut off lottery funding that goes to needy North Carolina community college students so counties can keep paying loans to build public schools.

State community college system president Scott Ralls said Monday the House budget passed last week would eliminate lottery-funded scholarships for more than 15,000 students, but probably not until the summer of next year.

The change is among a host of tough decisions for lawmakers dealing with a $2-billion-plus gap for the state budget year beginning in July.

Money from the lottery scholarships for needy students would go to restore funding to a public school construction fund that counties factored in to repay loans on new buildings. County commissioners suggested they'd have to raise property taxes without the lottery money.

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