A House proposal also indicates a large tuition increase for out-of-state students in UNC-system schools.
The Senate budget proposal indicated a 9 percent tuition increase for all students, but House budget writers submitted an amendment that would increase out-of-state student tuition by 15 percent. This proposal would raise $24 million, but without any in-state student tuition increase.
Several legislators strongly disapprove of this measure, however.
?That is an unreasonable tuition increase,? said Sen. Howard Lee, D-Orange, co-chairman of the Senate conferees. ?We?re at a high level of out-of-state tuition as it is.?
But some students may not have enough time to prepare for the large out-of-state tuition increase, with the fall semester beginning in mid-August.
?It sets a horrible precedent,? said UNC Student Body President Justin Young. ?The timing is inappropriate. They?ve left no time for students or their families to prepare for this type of increase.?
But Lee says the tuition increase could be delayed until the spring, however.
?When passing a late budget, it has been our procedure in the past to look at the feasibility of delaying tuition increases,? Lee said. ?We should give them that lead time by not implementing it until the second semester.?
But legislators say nothing can be certain until they figure out exactly how much revenue can be raised.