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DTH Photo Illustration. Graduate student stipends cover about 65% of the cost of attendance at UNC.

'The stipend isn't keeping up' — UNC graduate students struggle with cost of living

The minimum graduate student stipend only covers approximately 68.5 percent of the cost to attend UNC-Chapel Hill, a recent study by the Graduate and Professional Student Federation found.  A personal emergency like a health crisis, loss of transportation and housing, or other situations could make a graduate student unable to afford to survive in Chapel Hill another semester. "The genesis is that it gets more and more expensive to live here," Graduate and Professional Student Government President Theodore Nollert said. "The stipend isn’t keeping up.”

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Sones de México Ensemble, pictured, will be hosting the Sones de México Ensemble Concert & Workshop at the Stone Center on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022.
Photo Courtesy of Juan Dies and Photo by Henry Fajardo.

Sones de México to bring ensemble to UNC's campus this Friday

From performances in Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, Grammy nominations and their ability to collectively play 80 musical instruments, the Sones de México Ensemble is no amateur group. And soon, they will be bringing their talent to Chapel Hill. Sones de México will be coming to UNC on September 9 to host a workshop and concert in the The Sonja Haynes Stone Center. 

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Bondurant Hall is home to UNC's School of Medicine located on South Columbia St.  UNC medical students were matched with their residency programs on Friday, March 15, 2019.

'The needs are so great': Mental health professionals combat high therapy demand

Mental health professionals in North Carolina are working to combat the growing demand for mental health care. A variety of inequities and accessibility issues stand in the way of North Carolinians receiving the mental health care they need, such as difficulty accessing insurance and paying for mental health services and high demand for available providers. "There is a high burnout rate in the counseling field as well if we’re not taking care of ourselves, especially those who work day-in and day-out with trauma,” Sharon Webb, a psychology professor and program coordinator at Gardner-Webb University, said.

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Pedestrians walk on Franklin Street in Chapel Hil, NC on September, 6 2022.

''To not grow isn’t really an option': Chapel Hill community debates future of housing

As Chapel Hill faces a growing housing deficit that places pressure on economic vitality and diversity, the Town is working to secure additional housing. These efforts include creating new regulations for construction and pursuing higher-density housing projects. However, some community organizations have cautioned that this new path brings its own social costs. According to the Town’s 2021 Housing Report, multi-family apartment units, which are home primarily to renters and have little connection to their surroundings, have dominated new constructions since 2010.

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DTH Photo Illustration/Rebecca Du

Who qualifies for federal student loan forgiveness at UNC?

In August, the Biden Administration announced plans to cancel up to $20,000 of student loan debt for some borrowers, including that of current college students.  Factors that determine whether or not a student qualifies for forgiveness include when they took out a loan, how much money their parents make and the type of aid they receive while in college. According to the Department of Education, even some students who paid off their federal loans previously are eligible for a refund.

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UNC’s Institute for the Study of Americas, located in the FedEx Global Education Center, pictured on Thursday, Sep. 1, 2022.

Knowing our neighbors: UNC-Duke consortium bridges Latin American community

The UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies facilities collaboration between the two campuses across disciplines.  “I think it's important for the citizens and residents in North Carolina to learn about Latin America and its history, culture, politics and economics because increasingly, Latin America is coming here,” Louis Pérez Jr., co-director of the consortium, said. 

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