"As students prepare to start classes Monday for the fall semester at Carteret Community College, some worry about a General Assembly proposal to increase tuition by $4 per credit hour," the Cateret County News-Times reports.
"'My question is are they going to increase financial aid to compensate?' said CCC student Lindsey Sulock of Atlantic Beach as she paid fees Wednesday.
CCC student Erika Escobar of Swansboro, a single working mother, was also concerned as she paid fees at the bookstore.
'I don’t understand why they would do that. It’s already hard enough to attend community college between work and childcare,' said Ms. Escobar, one of about 1,455 students expected to return to classes this week.
As the N.C. General Assembly continues budget debates, one proposal included would increase community college tuition from $72 to $76 per credit hour. It’s still up in the air because North Carolina lawmakers voted Wednesday to give themselves until Monday, Aug. 31, to work out a two-year budget that was supposed to begin July 1.
Community college tuition, dictated by the legislature, has jumped from $50 to $72 per credit hour since 2009, and a $4 increase would cost a full-time student taking 16 credit hours each semester $128 per year (two semesters)."
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Publication Date: 8/17/2015