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Fayetteville State Free Summer School Initiative Brings Record Number Of Enrollment

Source: The News & Observer

In its fourth year, Fayetteville State University’s universal, free summer school initiative has reached record enrollment for the second consecutive year. 

The program, which began by using federal COVID-19 relief funds, is aimed at helping students graduate on time, in four years or less. According to The News & Observer, the 30-60-90 Free Summer School initiative covers the cost of up to two courses — or seven credit hours — per undergraduate student, plus one course — up to three credit hours — for select graduate students. 

The program also covers the cost of on-campus housing, book rental fees, and meals for select students.

“The benefits of the Free Summer School program are invaluable and has significantly decreased the financial burden of my family,” stated Deborah Cathcart, an FSU student. “The opportunity to take free courses during the summer has placed me ahead of some of my peers, putting me on a smoother path toward timely graduation.”

At a rally late last month, Chancellor Darrell Allison announced that the university hit a new record–with 66 percent of its student population in its summer school program this year. 

Currently, FSU now has 4,463 students in its 30/60/90 Summer School, up from the 4,100 students enrolled last year, according to ABC 11

On top of the record-breaking enrollment, the university also received $750,000 from an anonymous donor.

“We are no longer a two-semester institution – fall and spring, but FSU is now a three-semester institution where 66% or two-thirds of our nearly 7,000 student population is enrolled in summer school,” stated Chancellor Allison, during the rally.

“FSU is doubling down on its commitment to ensuring that students have real pathways of obtaining their degree in four years or less, which also equates to less debt in their pursuit of graduating.” 
Find out more information about FSU’s Summer School initiative here.


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