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The stories about the damage the Republican state budget is inflicting on North Carolina continue to roll in. This weekend the N&O looked at the increasing number of college students who are dropping out because of cuts to financial aid programs.

More than 500 of her fellow classmates left campus, or did not return this fall, because they couldn’t pay their tuition bill, UNCP officials say. The students who dropped out were academically eligible, but the money wasn’t there.

“It was tragic, almost, to see that many not able to continue,” said UNCP Provost Ken Kitts.

A cycle of financial woe is beginning to show at UNC campuses, where the system’s overall state funding dropped by 15.6 percent this year.

The Republican legislators must be so proud.

 

4 Comments

  1. Eunice

    October 10, 2011 at 8:06 am

    We didn’t put a dent in the UNC bureaucracy where the cuts should have been made. Salaries and benefits are way too high in relation to the classroom expenses.

  2. david esmay

    October 10, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Give an example. One axiom you should follow, Eunice, the broader the statement, the narrower the mind.

  3. Eunice

    October 10, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Someone must have given you Green’s book “The Dictionary of Cynical Quotations”. Please give credit when you are using someone else’s thoughts. That’s kind of narrow-minded actually.

  4. Frances Jenkins

    October 10, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Actually, it is Obama’s fault since the economic times have hit rock bottom under our hope and change president. Chris, please try to understand the poor better. This is not an academic adventure. A reminder that Obama controlled the White House since 2009 and the Democrats had complete control of the House and Senate for two years. Why did they not do something for students? In NC, the Dems have controlled everything for the past 140 years ago, even all the corruption, pay backs,and prison sentences. Be honest and admit this is a Democrat problem because Obama and Perdue are such poor leaders and the Democrats are corrupt. How much did John Edwards accept from UNC-Chapel Hill to fight poverty? I am not sure that is what you call fighting poverty.( Edwards’ activity)