Drastic lowering of tuition proposed

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UNCP and other minority-serving schools could see tuition drop.

Some state lawmakers are talking about slashing the cost of tuition at UNC-Pembroke and several other schools in the system. A plan is being floated in the state senate that proposes in-state tuition at $500 a year. Out-of-state tuition would be lowered to $2,500. The intent is to reduce the cost of bachelor’s degrees and student-loan debt, and attract more out-of-state students. The changes could cost the system up to $65 million dollars a year in lost revenue. Whether state appropriations would make up for that kind of budget shortfall remains to be seen–if the legislation passes at all.

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