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Margaret Spellings Backs Tuition Experiment, Accountability Measures At UNC

Margaret Spellings has been president of the University of North Carolina system for less than five months, but she already has change upon change to discuss. Several provisions passed by the state Legislature during this year’s budget season are poised to spark drastic changes within the 17-campus UNC system.

If signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory, they will freeze undergraduate tuition for students at all UNC system institutions who graduate in four years — or in five years for those in five-year programs — starting with freshmen entering this fall. They will cap fee increases at 3 percent annually. And, perhaps most ambitiously, they will drop tuition to $500 per semester for in-state students at three universities.