College tuition expected to continue to rise

Reported by Michelle Li – bio |email

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - There's no official announcement, but North Carolina's Community College System President says tuition increases are expected.

21-year-old Amanda Parham is a student at Brunswick Community College studying nursing. She said without financial aid, she wouldn't be able to go to school. She's concerned if tuition increases, she won't get enough financial aid to cover the difference.

Education officials say it's a viable concern. President of the NCCCS, Scott Ralls, says in the system's 50 years, it's never been worse. He says we should expect tuition increases.

"One of the things we've seen in recent years to help accommodate with cuts combined with significant growth has been tuition increases, " said Ralls. "I would imagine next year we will continue to see tuition increases."

Ralls says the economy has caused a rapid growth in community college admissions. It's caused a 25% increase in recent years. People losing their jobs and starting a second career, or young people saving money, likely attributed to that boom.

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