BOONE — As UNC-system administrators prepare to draw up tuition-increase proposals, student leaders this weekend discussed where they stand on the issue.
The UNC-system Association of Student Governments met Saturday at Appalachian State University to discuss tuition and also passed an initiative, which they hope will give students more of a voice in legislative decisions.
ASG is composed of leaders from each of the system’s 17 institutions and is funded by an annual $1 student fee.
The association’s council of student body presidents discussed the balance of protecting the system’s quality of education and keeping tuition affordable.
The state legislature enacted a 15.6 percent — $414 million — budget cut to the system this summer, and administrators say more cuts could be coming.
Renee Bindewald, student body president of UNC-Asheville, said she is worried about the implications of not increasing tuition to offset the cuts.
“You’re going to end up with horrible universities across the state,” she said.
The system’s new tuition policy allows schools to propose an increase above the 6.5 percent cap as long as they can justify it.
Mary Cooper, UNC-CH student body president, said the student opposition to propose tuition hikes has been strong.