Students returning to state universities this year are not only worried about passing grades, but on how they'll pay for college.
In-state students at East Carolina University are paying upwards of $300 dollars more this year which is on top of a two hundred dollar hike already enacted.
The ECU Financial Aid Office says it expects many students in their office, especially in hard economic times like these.
Reports also say in the next 2 years tuition will increase 22.6% and this is a hardship for some students.
Out of state tuition jumped just $27 dollars, but next year it will increase by $387 bucks.
The tuition hike is not the only issue for students.
They also have to find funds for books.
Many say they are considering renting their books instead of buying them.