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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.

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