Sunday 19 May 2019

Sen. Perry Files Bill To Repeal UNC System Tuition Surcharge

Sen. Jim Perry

— From the Office of Sen. Jim Perry —

Senator Jim Perry of Lenoir County, serving Senate District 7 in the North Carolina General Assembly, filed SB225 Tuesday an act to repeal tuition surcharges in the UNC System.

The bill would repeal tuition surcharges for students enrolled in UNC System schools who take more than 140 degree credit hours to complete a baccalaureate degree in a four-year program or more than 110 percent of the hours required in a five-year baccalaureate degree.

“Senate Bill 225 is a continuation of the college affordability efforts of my Republican Legislative Colleagues. Sound policy decisions, like Fixed Four Year Tuition, NC Promise at UNC-Pembroke, Elizabeth City State University, and Western Carolina University are improving the lives of all North Carolinians. We have and will continue to work with the UNC System, and the UNC Board of Governors, to address the educational needs of all North Carolinians” said Sen. Jim Perry (R-Lenoir). “This bill was driven by constituent concerns of the existing statutes unintended impact on veterans, community college transfer and non-traditional students. Before earning undergraduate and graduate degrees from North Carolina State and UNC, I used my GI bill to become a proud graduate of Lenoir Community College in Kinston, North Carolina. This issue is easy to understand, one that is beneficial to our students, and I appreciate leadership’s support in their continued effort to make college more affordable in the great State of North Carolina.”

If passed, the bill goes effective on July, 1 2019 and the Board of Governors will establish the appropriate procedures on implantation of the changes addressed in the bill.

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