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Protesters march to protest UNC cost increases

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) -- North Carolina university students are protesting against rising education costs they say are forcing them to borrow more, work more and causing some of their classmates to drop out.

About 20 students marched in Chapel Hill on Friday to the building where the University of North Carolina board earlier approved tuition and fee increases for next fall.

Student Laurel Ashton of Asheville says spiraling higher education costs mean she will have to spend more time working at a deli and a second job, and to take out more loans that will put her under financial stress after she graduates.

The protesters met with UNC system president Tom Ross, who said leaders are doing their best to keep college affordable in the face of state budget cuts.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Call that a protest?

There are more than 200,000 students in UNC system...and only 20 students skipped class to protest the proposed rate hikes? Much-a-do about nothing, if you ask me.

College is a bargain...

Tuition at UNCW in 2010 is $5500 a year...tack on $7000 for an on-campus housing and a full meal plan, maybe another $3500 for gas, parking, beer money, books. And they're complaining about spending $16,000 a year for a college education? The average college graduate earns $1M more during their career than a person who doesn't attend college. More than 60% of all college students receive some sort of financial support, either thru work study grants, Pell grants, scholarships or paid internships. College isn't a right, it's an investment! Want to keep the costs down? Tell the students to quit begging the universities to expand the recreation centers on campus, intramural sports, the coffee shops and fancy food services or hanging 42" plasma televisions in every hallway and lobby. Get ready students...the real world is going to shock you!

Dear Idiots:

Most of these comments display a complete lack of knowledge about the trends in public higher education in the past few decades. To keep it short: Tuition has skyrocketed since the 80s, becoming the largest portion of public (and private) university revenues, which believe it or not was NEVER the case until the days of Ronald "trickle-down" Reagan. Since then, government expenditure on public higher education has dropped while tuition has become a higher portion of school revenues and GUESS WHO PROVIDES THE LOANS NOW? Private companies provide almost 3/4 of the loans for public higher education, which was also NEVER the case until the 1980s and 90s. And to those saying well just "WORK for it!" guess what son, I'm a full time student and work 25 hours a week and trust me these increases still suck.

And finally, most importantly, you clearly do not know the constitution of the state of North Carolina, which states that education should be FREE for all citizens of the state. But then, that would be because you're not educated, wouldn't it.

You think education is expensive? Try ignorance.

Waaaaah!

"Student Laurel Ashton of Asheville says spiraling higher education costs mean she will have to spend more time working at a deli and a second job, and to take out more loans that will put her under financial stress after she graduates."

Welcome to REAL LIFE, sweetie, where you have to WORK for what you WANT.

Here's a clue kids...

You don't enter the workforce as a VP with a company car and expense account. Mommy and Daddy won't be there to tell you when to get up or go to work. The real world, if you enter it, is cold, harsh, and unforgiving.

Stay in school and continue your pathetic marches on the Administration Building all the while bitching about the cost of your soon-to-be degree in General Studies.

The sooner you realize that a college education is not a right, the better off you'll be.

I admire those who work their way and pay at least a part of their own way through college. These are the kids who understand and value their education.

nice comments

I can not determine who wrote the more nescient comment, you or 7969. No where in the article does it say college is a right. I doubt very seriously that the ones marching have their "mommy and daddy" footing the bill and spend $330 on beer per month. Yeah, exactly what we need are for all these students to say is it is too expensive and drop out. That way they can live off of your dime and become dependent on the gimmiement.

Tuition at UNCW is up almost 400% in the last 12 yrs and for what? A new building, parking garage? The only other cost that has increased at such a rate is homeowners insurance.

3rd world status, here we come.....

Sorry...you're wrong.

We had housing spikes that went up 500-600% in certain areas. Automobile insurance has spiked, gasoline prices have spiked. Bought a quart of oil for you car lately? Try 4 to 5 bucks for one quart. Have you even noticed food prices? Limes are 89 cent a piece, oranges are 92 cents a piece. Steak is at 12 to 18 dollars a pound. Chicken is the price Filet Mignon was 6 years ago. Health care costs have skyrocketed well beyond any of the previous examples. You simply have ZERO justification with your posting points.

EVERYTHING is going up except the salaries! Every time the government opens session, we are taxed to death. Sorry, but this is a fact of life. Todays students can do it the same way I did it! I worked two jobs while in college just to get through and get though is what I did! I got my degree and entertain a very nice living today. Plus I did pay off my student loans. Nothing has changed except the scale. It has never been easy to get an education, if it was, all of the entitlement recipients would be doing it now wouldn't they?

Just WORK hard at it and quit bitching!!!

re: sorry you're wrong

While I agree with what you said, I will add that the entitlement programs have to be paid for. It's part of the progressive mentality of spreading the wealth. Those who have must help pay for those who don't.... the leveling of the playing field. For all of the young college kids who thought President Obama's plan for education was so great...welcome to his world. Most of you voted for him, now you must pay the piper. He couldn't have been clearer about his belief that you should "spread the wealth". I bet you never once thought it was YOUR wealth he was talking about. I can't tell you how many people I have heard talking about all the "free" classes they are enrolling in. Guess what, you get to help pay for them.

The cost education is

The cost education is continuing to rise while the probability of graduates finding work in their chosen fields continues to decline. Here's a question, why hasn't the board considered salary reductions and elimination of tenure to make paying for a college education cost effective for parents??

OMG..

REALLY...??!! College isn't a RIGHT...although it might be before the anointed one gets out of office....that means YOU PAY TO PLAY! I bet the same protesters spend AT LEAST the 313 dollar increase in BEER each month! If you don't like it...go to NC A&T...their tuition is roughly HALF.....heck drop out all together if you don't like it!