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CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) — A University of North Carolina Board of Governors committee has recommended a proposal that would see college costs rise by more than $400 per student on average.

The committee made its recommendation Thursday in Chapel Hill, a day before the full board is scheduled to vote on the proposal.

UNC System President Tom Ross is recommending increases that average nearly 9 percent, running from $199 at UNC-Pembroke to $676 at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Ross says the increases will only make up for about 17 percent of the $414 million cut from the system’s budget by lawmakers last year.

The 16 university campuses and the School of Science and Math in Durham have eliminated more than 3,000 employees since then.

Students are planning demonstrations to protest the proposal Friday.

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