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UNCC brings back fundraiser as financial aid applications soar

Facing a record enrollment of about 25,000 students for the fall semester and $7 million in state budget cuts, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is once again holding a race/walk to provide financial assistance to students.

The university is hosting the 4.NINER K race/walk Oct. 23 with all proceeds going to fund need-based scholarships for current students, said Michelle Hardmon, UNCC’s administrative assistant of community affairs.

Historically, more than 60 percent of UNCC students have received some type of financial assistance to help pay educational expenses, Hardmon said. This year, the number of financial aid applications has increased by almost 30 percent.

UNCC spokesman Paul Nowell said that although there weren’t more cuts to financial aid programs this year at the state level, the number of students in need increased. “Therefore, we have a significant number of needy students because of extenuating circumstances for many families,” he said. “People are just in much worse shape overall than they were a few years ago. This is a nice community event, but it doesn’t make a huge dent. Obviously with over 25,000 students there’s still a lot of people in need.”

Nowell said he didn’t know offhand how many students might not be able to continue their studies without financial assistance in the spring.

The 4.NINER K race/walk is returning for its second year, Hardmon said. Last year’s event raised $27,000 and awarded 52 scholarships to help students buy books.

Sam Boykin can be reached at sam.boykin@mecktimes.com.

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