Students from the 16 UNC-system schools came to the UNC Association of Student Governments Students' Day at the Capitol to lobby legislators for three issues -- student vote on the BOG, need-based financial aid packages and a 6 percent increase in faculty salaries.
Two similar bills concerning calling for a student vote on the BOG were proposed in the House and Senate.
General Assembly members said they welcome and appreciate the students' lobbying effort.
Rep. Verla Insko, D-Orange, said she was glad to meet students face-to-face.
She expressed her support by signing the House bill calling for a student vote on the BOG.
"The universities exist for students, and they are the next generation," she said. "It's important that they have an influence on the board."
Rep. Alma Adams, D-Guilford, who sponsored the bill in the House, said she is proud of the students.
"They have begun to learn how this process works. They are citizens' lobbyists," she said. "The educational and university system is all about students. They should be part of that process."
Adams added that she expects the bill to pass.