RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Restoration of an old state law allowing University of North Carolina system campuses to treat out-of-state students with full athletic scholarships like in-state students has cleared one legislative chamber.
The House voted 88-19 on Monday night for the measure to repeal a 2010 state law that prevented the in-state tuition designation, which would generally benefit athletic booster clubs that cover the scholarships. In-state tuition is subsidized by the state.
But critics say somebody - namely taxpayers - would have to cover the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition, an amount that could reach millions of dollars a year annually.
Bill supporters say it’s a matter of fairness, since out-of-state students who receive full academic scholarships are already treated as in-state students.
The bill now goes to the Senate.