Budget cuts are not only affecting K-12 schools, but are making their mark at the University level as well. With the new budget, public North Carolina Universities will have to cut their spending by $260 million this year and $222 million next year. Out of state students attending UNC campuses at Chapel Hill, Wilmington, Greensboro, and Winston Salem will be hit with a 12.3% tuition increase and those at other campuses will be hit with six percent hike. These cuts are forcing some universities to layoff staff. Also, the cuts are causing universities to cut back on the amount of classes offered and the number of sections offered for each class.
As a college student, I feel as though these cuts will be very detrimental to my education. College is expensive already. Out of state students bring diversity and intelligence to North Carolina’s campuses and I am afraid that the increasing tuition prices will deter these valuable students from coming to North Carolina for their education. In addition, as an in-state student I feel like I pay enough money to deserve a full faculty as well as full sections. The lack of sections decreases the amount of classes offered, therefore limiting the options students have. By cutting funds at the university level and the K-12 level, the legislature is demonstrating its lack of support for public education as a whole.