UNC-system universities have traditionally had some of the lowest tuition rates in the country, largely due to generous funding from the state legislature. The N.C. Constitution states that system schools must provide a free university education for state residents “as far as practicable.”

The recent economic downturn and state funding cuts have prompted universities to request higher tuition hikes, however, even exceeding the Board of Governors’ 6.5 percent cap on increases. The board approved a systemwide average tuition and fee increase of 8.8 percent in February 2012. UNC-CH in-state undergraduates will see their tuition rise by $225, or 3.5 percent, for the 2015-16 academic year and by $233, another 3.5 percent, for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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Endowment bill aims to lower tuition

Congress is looking to lower the cost of college for middle- to low-income families — this time through a proposed bill that might compel universities to dedicate more money to financial aid.

Perkins loan discontinued

Students in the class of 2020 might find college harder to pay for than their predecessors. At midnight on Thursday, the Federal Perkins Loan Program expired when a bipartisan group of U.S. senators chose not to pursue its renewal.