$500 tuition to apply to Elizabeth City State students


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A proposed tuition cut for some University of North Carolina campuses will include one historically black university after weeks of push and pull from educators, students and lawmakers.

House and Senate leaders announced Monday night as part of the General Assembly’s budget compromise that tuition cuts to $500 per semester for in-state students would apply to students at Elizabeth City State University in addition to Western Carolina University and University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

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The original proposal included two other historically black universities, but its sponsor scaled back the bill responding to push back from students and alumni who say lower tuition could cheapen the quality of their degrees.

Senate leader Phil Berger said leaders thought Elizabeth City State would benefit from the enrollment increases low tuition would prompt.

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