After losing the tuition battle against the UNC-system Board of Governors, students are preparing for the next stage in the fight against tuition increases: the N.C. General Assembly.
System President Thomas Ross’ plan for a system-wide tuition increase of 8.8 percent passed through the board Friday. And it is now heading toward the state legislature for a vote in May.
But students from a variety of groups on campus have vowed to lobby the state legislature to reconsider the proposal.
“There’s a lot of outrage among everyone in North Carolina,” said UNC graduate student Steve Milder, who protested the tuition increase. “We want to capitalize on that and make sure to keep pushing the issue.”
Some legislators have voiced their support of Ross’ tuition increase plan.
Sen. Richard Stevens, R-Wake, said the tuition proposal is reasonable, and he plans to support it.
But Stevens said he is prepared for some protests during the legislative session.
N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, also supports the proposal.
“We’ve tried to limit the impact of budget cuts,” said Jordan Shaw, a spokesman for Tillis. “But tough choices have to be made.”