Lawmakers ask UNC system to study fixed tuition

Posted April 21, 2015

UNC students protested planned tuition hikes across the state university system.

— The University of North Carolina system would look at the possibility of allowing students to pay the same tuition throughout their undergraduate education under a measure approved Tuesday by the House.

Sponsor Rep. Jeff Elmore, R-Wilkes, said 320 universities nationwide already offer a fixed tuition, using it as a recruitment tool at a time when tuition increases are an annual event at most schools. Tuition at UNC schools has jumped by about 50 percent since 2007, and the Board of Governors has approved another $500 in increases over the next two years.

"This, in my mind, could help address the problem of rising tuition costs," Elmore told members of the House Education Committee on Universities earlier in the day.

House Bill 657 calls on the UNC Board of Governors to study the financial impact of providing fixed tuition and whether it could be used at certain campuses to boost enrollment and report back to lawmakers by next February.

The bill passed 117-0 in the House with no debate and now heads to the Senate.


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  • Clayton Mack Apr 22, 2015
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    Michelle Bachmann believes that Obama will be the cause of the rapture; so I'm not surprised by any other conspiracy theories that folks put out.

  • Roy Hinkley Apr 22, 2015
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    Do you truly believe there is a nationwide conspiracy by the government to indoctrinate students through a convoluted debt scheme?

  • Clayton Mack Apr 21, 2015
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    It's more likely that students desire the same amenities and infrastructure of their homes. Super-fast wi-fi, air conditioning, cable, charging stations, vegan menu options, state of the art labs, teleconferencing rooms, and classrooms with smart boards cost a lot of money.

  • Norman Lewis Apr 21, 2015
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    The real concern should be why tuition increases have greatly exceeded general cost of living/inflation increases for decades. Is it possible the increases are by intent to increase the dependence of students on government loans and therefore the students compliance with government influence on the course of their studies?