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UNC-system universities have traditionally had some of the lowest tuition rates in the country, largely due to generous funding from the state legislature. The N.C. Constitution states that system schools must provide a free university education for state residents “as far as practicable.”

The recent economic downturn and state funding cuts have prompted universities to request higher tuition hikes, however, even exceeding the Board of Governors’ 6.5 percent cap on increases. The board approved a systemwide average tuition and fee increase of 8.8 percent in February 2012. UNC-CH in-state undergraduates will see their tuition rise by $225, or 3.5 percent, for the 2015-16 academic year and by $233, another 3.5 percent, for the 2016-2017 academic year.