Tuition caps taking effect next year will help a lot of undergraduates in the University of North Carolina system.
Under a new policy approved by the system's Board of Governors, in-state tuition increases are limited to 6.5 percent each year. The board promised to lower that cap if the 16-campus system received better-than-average state funding.
State lawmakers did just that. The overall system was given a 10.7 percent increase in state funding for the school year, though the increase for each university varies.
For example, UNC Charlotte received 7.5 percent more funding, dropping its tuition cap to 5 percent. That means in-state undergraduate tuition will increase by $123 next year.
UNC Chapel Hill's funding increase was 12.5 percent, leaving no room for a tuition hike.
Students at East Carolina and Elizabeth City State won't be so lucky. Their tuition cap next year will be the maximum of 6.5%.