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North Carolina’s Action on College Costs

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The North Carolina State Government is taking action to combat the rapidly increasing cost of attending college. Through various Appropriations Acts and the state’s new bond, North Carolina is working to help students obtain a higher education.

The budget passed by the state assembly, and signed by Governor McCrory, caps university fee increases at three percent each year. This new budget also slashes the tuition costs at Western Carolina University, Elizabeth City State, and UNC-Pembroke to 500 dollars a semester.

North Carolina’s bond program will, among other things, also assist in improving student’s opportunities. The UNC System will receive 980 million dollars, much of which will be used to construct and maintain facilities that enhance student learning opportunities. This new bond will also allocate 350 million dollars for the North Carolina Community College System, and will be distributed across all 58 campuses for maintenance and renovations. Without increasing taxes, this bond allows colleges and universities to improve their facilities without further burdening their students.

North Carolina State Government’s actions attempt to create an environment with affordable tuition, without putting an undue burden on taxpayers and without overbearing government intervention.

Transferring credits between institutions can be a burdensome task for students. If their credits cannot transfer, they must spend more time and money going through the same or very similar classes at their new institution. The UNC President and the North Carolina Community College President have agreed to work together to make the transfer process more accommodating for students. The agreement will make it clearer which course at community colleges may transfer to UNC schools for general education requirements.

There is almost unanimous agreement that the cost of college has been increasing at an abnormally high rate. The agreement on this issue, however, grinds to a halt when discussing potential solutions. Should the government freeze or place a cap on tuition? Should the government just let the market of higher education decide? North Carolina State Government’s actions attempt to create an environment with affordable tuition, without putting an undue burden on taxpayers and without overbearing government intervention.

 

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