In N.C., Debate Over an Aid Freeze—and What It Means to Be Affordable


The U. of North Carolina system is considering capping the amount of tuition revenue that campuses spend on need-based financial aid at 15 percent. Six of the campuses, including the flagship at Chapel Hill (above), already exceed that benchmark. The rationale behind the proposal is that universities are levying tuition increases to pay for need-based aid, and in doing so are driving up the debt burden of students across the system.
July 31, 2014

Affordability is the aim of countless proposed higher-education policies. The question is, affordability for whom?

In North Carolina, that’s what the university system’s Board of Governors is trying to sort out. The board is considering a policy…

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