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EdNC Explains: How does the state fund community colleges?

Community colleges in North Carolina get most of their funding from the state’s taxpayers. But the amount each college receives can vastly differ. How does the General Assembly decide who gets what?

State funding doesn’t cover everything for the colleges. County funding, grants, and other donations also help pay the bills, especially to get new programs off the ground.

This video uses information from the following state documents:

Funding for North Carolina’s Community Colleges: A Description of the Current Formula and Potential Methods to Improve Efficiency and Effectiveness

FY 2017-18 State Aid Allocations and Budget Policies

FY 2018-19 State Aid Allocations and Budget Policies

Robert Kinlaw

Robert was director of multimedia for EducationNC. He is a journalist and award-winning documentary filmmaker in the Triangle. Robert attended both public and private grade schools in North Carolina and graduated from the Media and Journalism school at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has produced video content for The News & Observer, ABC11-WTVD, UNC-Chapel Hill, The News Reporter and more. His short documentary Princess Warrior received an Excellence in Filmmaking award at the 2017 Carrboro Film Festival. Visit his website at