Ensuring that North Carolina’s public colleges and universities remain top-notch national models of success doesn’t look to be a priority for Senate leaders. The Senate budgets for higher education – the UNC System and Community College System – fail to ensure that adequate resources are available to provide quality education services to the more than 400,000 students enrolled in public colleges and universities across the state.
Steady erosion of state support for higher education in recent years has played a direct role in the increasing cost of college in North Carolina, as colleges make up for those state funding cuts in part on the backs of college students and their families by increasing tuition and fees. Tuition at community has increased by 81 percent since 2009. At public four-year universities, state funding per student remains more than 15 percent below its 2008 pre-recession level when adjusted for inflation – equating to hundreds of millions of dollars in funding cuts. The Senate budget does nothing to make college access and completion an affordable reality for more North Carolinians.
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