For the last two decades, as tuition increases at University of North Carolina system campus have outstripped inflation four- or five-fold, UNC officials have assuaged their guilt by creating more financial aid programs for the poor.
Legislators and state treasurers have helped by pumping more money into those financial aid programs.
UNC officials have also been setting aside some of the revenue gained from tuition hikes for those financial aid programs. The UNC Board of Governors’ current four-year tuition plan requires each campus to set aside at least 25 percent of revenue from those increases for tuition assistance for needy students.
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