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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.