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Senior citizen tuition waivers likely to be done away with

According to the community college system, lawmakers are looking at eliminating senior citizen tuition waivers. According to the community college system, lawmakers are looking at eliminating senior citizen tuition waivers.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – While negotiations continue over a state budget deal things may be looking bleak for senior citizen students.

According to the community college system, lawmakers are looking at eliminating senior citizen tuition waivers. That means seniors won't get a free pass to take community college courses like they have in years past, and it's not sitting well with some people.

"I've been paying property tax to the state of North Carolina for eight years that I've lived here," said Allen Latham, a senior citizen who has taken community college classes for free at Cape Fear Community College in the past.  "Somehow, someway I should be able to take a class or two."

Officials say community colleges waived more than $1.2 million worth of tuition for seniors in 2011-2012.

The budget bill may be finalized in Raleigh next week.

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