Senate committees back tuition cuts for 5 UNC campuses

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A proposal to dramatically reduce tuition at five University of North Carolina system campuses is inching forward in the General Assembly.

The measure by Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, passed through the Senate Education and Appropriations committees Wednesday.

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The bill would lower tuition to $500 a semester for in-state students and $2,500 a semester for out-of-state students at three historically black universities, UNC-Pembroke and Western Carolina University.

Apodaca says the state would provide up to $70 million per year to continue financing services affected by tuition reductions.

Some committee members expressed concern about the stability of forcing these schools to rely on the goodwill of future legislators.

The bill would also guarantee incoming UNC students a set tuition and establish merit scholarships at N.C. A&T State University and N.C. Central.

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