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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  • by Kane on May 10, 2011 at 09:25 AM
    How about a constitutional amendment mandating that every thin red cent of lottery money goes to public education. As it stands now the lottery is a joke.
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      by Lotto Lovr on May 10, 2011 at 09:44 AM in reply to Kane
      Unless you win. Then it is awesome.
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        by Kane on May 11, 2011 at 10:03 AM in reply to Lotto Lovr
        IF you win. The percentages are not in the favor of the player.
  • by cj on May 10, 2011 at 07:47 AM
    Lottery money has no business going to CC students anyway. considering the shape of public schools, that money should be going there, to pay our good teachers, to buy books and materials for the kids (so the teachers don't have to do it out of their own pockets). and it should benefit ALL students, not just the poor ones. college is not for everybody.
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      by Educated Person on May 10, 2011 at 09:43 AM in reply to cj
      To get ahead in this world today, you need some sort of secondary education. Whether it be CC or a 4 year school... To say college is not for everybody just means that some people are too lazy or too uninformed about their prospects for a good future. I know too many people who spent their early 20's partying or not caring about their future... now in their 30's they limited to what they can apply for.
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        by cj on May 10, 2011 at 02:16 PM in reply to Educated Person
        i agree with you, but that still doesn't mean college is for all. plus, if everyone is college educated, there is nothing to set people apart. what i mean by that is, if everyone has a BA/BS it becomes as worthless as the paper it's printed on.
  • by Anonymous on May 10, 2011 at 07:26 AM
    But the Gov wants to give free community college educations to all HS grads.
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      by Boats on May 10, 2011 at 07:50 AM in reply to
      Whether they deserve it or not. Bev's already shifted into campaign mode.
  • by Jane to Mike Location: Washington on May 10, 2011 at 04:56 AM
    Very well said Mike!!! If our grade children are not helped, college is not on the horizon. I too worked my way thru college; 2 jobs, college loan, and a family at home - and I'm better for it. Something worked for, as opposed to being handed it, has much more meaning.
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      by More Cookies... on May 10, 2011 at 09:39 AM in reply to Jane to Mike
      Really... Here is your cookie too... So because you had to get a loan, your school work was harder than someone who had a grant. Wow... You and Mike need to stop whining. Did you both have to walk 3 miles through snow too...
  • by Anonymous on May 10, 2011 at 04:34 AM
    How about if you get grants for college and don't graduate you have to pay the money back.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on May 10, 2011 at 03:12 AM
    What most people don't know is that MOST of the lotto money goes to the university system in NC with very little going to the counties. That's where all those new buildings on college campuses come from, with out of state students (and yes, even illegals) reaping the benefits as well as NC residents. The colleges get the money and the counties get the bill. It seems it should be the other way around. And as for those "poor students" getting scholarships.... I went to community college while working a full time job supporting a wife and 2 small kids, still graduating with a 3.6 GPA. Go cry on someone else's shoulder!
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      by Dark Horse on May 10, 2011 at 08:09 AM in reply to Mike
      Wrong! You are wrong ons so many facts. The money to build the new facilities on campuses comes from bond money or special allocation from the State legislature. Get your facts right. UNC schools do not make money off the wallets of out of state students, in fact the percentage of out of state students is 20% or less on all campuses. Illegals at in the CC system is less than 100--across the state. It's obvious you went to a bad CC--they didn't teach you critical thinking.
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      by Haters Hate No More on May 10, 2011 at 09:34 AM in reply to Mike
      Here's your cookie Mike... But I bet you would have taken the money if offered. So because you had it so hard, you don't want others to catch a break... Nice... Out of state tuition is like 3 or 4 times the in-state rates, so relax there.
  • by Boats Location: Beaufort on May 10, 2011 at 01:38 AM
    Well, at least it's going so SOMETHING related to education and wasn't stolen outright and used in the Generous, er General Fund.

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