NC A&T Fined for Exceeding Enrollment Cap

North Carolina A&T State University is being reprimanded for enrolling too many out-of-state first-year students in the last two years, WFMY reported.North Carolina A&t State University

The UNC System Board of Governors had set N.C. A&T’s enrollment cap at 35%. However, in 2021, N.C. A&T had 41% of students, enrolled from out-of-state, according to the system.

As a result, the school has been fined and must forfeit nearly $2 million of its budget, per the UNC System’s Nov. 17 decision, with the system recommending that the money go to the board's UNC Need-Based Grant Financial Program.

"Fundamentally speaking, we have campuses and in time, environments that are struggling with enrollment, and here we have one of our HMSI's (historically minority-serving institution) that is experiencing historical seasonal growth. Fundamentally, I cannot support a policy that’s going to take $2 million away from a university when in reality they can use every dime they can get to continue that mission,“  said Joel Ford, a board member.