Students pile up scholarships – and debt

This story was originally published in The Sylva Herald. So far during the 2016-2017 academic year, Western Carolina University students have received almost $11 million in scholarships, but they – or their parents – borrowed almost $68 million in educational loans. Additionally, student loan borrowers in the class of 2016 will graduate with an average $37,172 in […]

“Blackbeard’s Ghost” is coming to WCU

A man and his horse, a country to protect, history’s most notorious pirate, and don’t forget the Nazis. This year, Western Carolina University’s radio show has it all. WCU will be broadcasting a performance of “Blackbeard’s Ghost and The Queen Anne’s Revenge” in the Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday […]

WCU to ‘revamp’ scholarship programs

The story produced/written with Alexey Rybakov and Kayla Riek. It’s no secret that attending college in the United States can be quite expensive. Western Carolina University is part of the University of North Carolina system and is one of the most affordable colleges in the state. Many students say it isn’t affordable enough. For this […]

“Echoes of the Cotton Club” to perform Thursday night

Imagine it’s 1927 in the Harlem district of New York City during prohibition. Alcohol is illegal, but it’s easy to pay off the police in the mainly black district. Owney “The Killer” Madden, an English gangster, owns a club that is only the rich white clientele can enter called the Cotton Club. It employs solely […]

Aid or debt? The high price of a higher education

To apply for financial aid, it’s as easy as going to WCU’s website, typing “financial aid” into the search bar, clicking on the financial aid office’s website and then clicking on the “Apply for Aid” button in the middle of the page. The “Apply for Aid” button will guide you to a bulleted list of […]

Need help paying your tuition for next semester?

Updated, February 28, 2013. The priority filing date for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is tomorrow, March 1. With the economy where it is and many parents being laid off of work, how can students expect to pay for college? This is just one of the many questions that Western Carolina University’s Director […]