Carolina has long served as an engine of social mobility for North Carolinians, and today this charge – being of the public, for the public – holds greater importance than ever before. But even at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a leader in opportunity and affordability, costs and debt are considerable barriers for many of our students. With Carolina Works, UNC will offer jobs for undergraduates who want to earn part of their college funding, gain new skills and prepare for life after graduation.
Each morning, in middle-income households across North Carolina, parents wake up wondering whether they can afford to send their children to college – and if so, whether their children will graduate with debt that will compromise their futures and keep them from pursuing their own version of the American Dream. Every year, hundreds of their sons and daughters earn admission to their flagship public university. Although Carolina meets their demonstrated need, they too are worried – not only about their own financial futures, but also about the burdens they believe they are imposing on their parents. Some of these students, lured by the financial relief of merit-based scholarships, enroll at their second-or third-choice schools. Others enroll but make choices that will limit their futures – giving up on opportunities to expand their horizons during their time at the University; choosing careers based on first salaries rather than on the promise of long-term satisfaction.
To help these students find their home at Carolina, and to help better prepare them to pursue their highest calling upon graduation, the University launched Carolina Works – a bold initiative to foster opportunity and excellence for students at Carolina even as it redefines the conversation about affordability nationwide by dramatically expanding student work opportunities.
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