The NC House gave unanimous approval Tuesday to legislation that would study the idea of fixed tuition in the University of North Carolina system. Under the bill proposed by Wilkes County Rep. Jeffrey Elmore, the UNC Board of Governors would study the idea of guaranteeing undergraduates a set price for four-years of their college education.
Elmore told his colleagues the idea is to help address the rising costs of higher education. He notes that over the past 30 years, tuition and fees have increased 225% at public four-year universities across the United States.
House Bill 657 would have the Board of Governors fully examine the idea and report back to the legislature in February. Currently more than 300 colleges and universities offer a fixed tuition program.
The bill now moves to the state Senate for consideration. To hear Rep. Elmore explain the bill in his own words, click below: