Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Triad City Beat on Rising College Tuition

"It was without irony that the UNC Board of Governors eliminated the UNC Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity the same session they voted to increase tuition at the system schools.

UNCG will cost just under $14,000 a year by 2017, an increase in fees and tuition of almost 10 percent. NC A&T University will jump more than 12 percent to more than $12,000 for two semesters a year.

UNC School of the Arts pops up $1,400 a year, bringing the total cost of fees and tuition to more than $17,000. It will only cost another $450 to attend Winston-Salem State in 2017, but it will still cost more than $11,000 a year. costs more for an in-state student to go to NC State than it does Chapel Hill...

...our state is one of the poorest in the nation, with three cities — Forest City, Roanoke Rapids and Lumberton — calculated as among the 10 poorest in the nation.

The poverty levels in the Triad’s two metro areas are growing faster than almost anywhere else in the country; 22 percent of Forsyth County residents live in poverty, defined as below $24,250 a year for a family of four — or two years at A&T.

How is anyone in that household going to go to college?"