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Tuition Assistance from non-profits

North Carolina General Statute 115D-39 enables North Carolina non-profit entities to sponsor up to five individuals lawfully admitted to the United States and currently residing in North Carolina, at a North Carolina Community College. The rule requires the North Carolina non-profit entity to accept financial responsibility for the student’s tuition at the in-state tuition rate and the student’s other required educational fees. (Note: This sponsorship is not the same as the sponsorship required for a student to secure an F-1 visa.)

College of The Albemarle (COA) believes the spirit and text of the rule do not allow there to be any express or implied understanding that the student will reimburse the non-profit entity. The non-profit entity cannot just be a conduit for the payment of in-state tuition.

If a non-profit organization wishes to sponsor a student, please follow the following procedures.

  1. If this is the first time the non-profit organization is sponsoring a COA student, the organization should request and complete a Non-Profit Sponsorship Application from College of The Albemarle. The organization must be exempt from taxation under IRS section 501c and provide necessary documentation. Necessary documentation:
    • Submit a copy of the entity’s federal tax identification number.
    • Once the required documentation is submitted to COA, the North Carolina non-profit sponsor will be billed by the college in a timely fashion and payment is expected within thirty days of billing.
    • Include a copy of IRD designation of NC non-profit status (IRS 501C3).
    • Submit our North Carolina Nonprofit Entity Sponsorship Application.
  2. Submit a letter each term to the Principal Designated School Official (PDSO, Martha Johnson with the following information:
    • Name of the College of The Albemarle student being sponsored; please pay close attention to the spelling of the students name as the students name must be spelled correctly to be accepted.
    • Applicable term (example: Spring 2016).
    • All letters must be on organization letterhead and include the name and address of the non-profit organization (organizations must be located in North Carolina).
    • A name and a signature of the authorizing individual.
    • Statement that the organization agrees to accept financial responsibility for this student’s tuition and other educational fees.
  3. Once received organizational documentation will be confirmed. Once confirmed the letter will be sent to the Registrar and Business office and will be entered into the student’s file. To avoid having their classes dropped students must turn in a letter before the payment deadline. Payment deadlines are provided to students during the registration period and reminder emails are sent to student’s COA email accounts. Students will be contacted if there is an issue with their letter or sponsor eligibility.
  4. Once entered by the business office the non-profit organization will be billed directly for the balance of the students account. Tuition bills will not be sent out until after the start of classes for the term listed. Payment is expected within thirty days of billing.
  5. Per the legislation sponsoring organizations are limited to sponsoring five students each semester.


For questions, contact Martha Johnson, Assistant Dean and Principal Designated School Official
fax: 252-473-5497


132 Russell Twiford Rd.
Manteo, NC 27954

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