Signs Point To Students Leaving NC Universities Over Money Woes

Government budget-cutting and tough family finances are forcing hundreds of students to drop out of North Carolina public universities due to lack of money, delaying or ending their progress toward a prosperous career.

The News & Observer reported Sunday ( ) that more than 500 students at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke left this fall because they couldn't pay their tuition bill.

Average UNC system tuition and fees rose by $400, while some sources of financial aid dried. More students also qualify for financial aid because as parents lose jobs.

There is no statewide data on college dropouts and it appears to be playing out unevenly. Flagship campuses at UNC-Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University have not seen a major impact, partly because they have more student-aid money.

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