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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  • by Vince Location: Washington on Oct 10, 2011 at 08:57 AM
    I saw a few months ago where tuition had gone up at ECU.... to $5,500 per year. Yeah, you read that right. What makes up college expenses? Do you see how college kids live these days? Look at all the fancy housing places they have... with their pools, gyms, recreation centers, etc... Look at what college kids drive these days or wear. Look at their phones, their iPads, etc... Looks at what they do on the weekends. College is nothing like it was when I went years ago. It was pretty much bare bones living then. College is expensive, but there is no reason it has to be THAT expensive. Some common sense sure would go a long way to reducing the cost of the college experience for most folks.
  • by G-Nasty Location: G-Vegas on Oct 10, 2011 at 07:36 AM
    There are too many people with degrees out there as it is. I have two degrees in Criminal Justice but have worked in public health for 3 years. My friend has a degree in Aerospace Engineering and works in IT. A degree is just a piece of paper saying that a person is relatively intelligent.
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      by Barlow on Oct 10, 2011 at 08:05 AM in reply to G-Nasty
      I also have two degrees, only one of which has to do with what I am doing now. Unfortunately, for most jobs they want you to have that "piece of paper" to get paid decently. Having a degree only means that you have the ability to learn, not even that you are particularly intelligent. I don't believe either Steve Jobs or Bill Gates were college grads.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Oct 10, 2011 at 08:39 AM in reply to Barlow
        So, other than being a pond tadpole counter are you an accountant for Solyndra? Oh, we recognize who is particularily, intelligent. Most Obama voters and supporters aren't...
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          by G-Nasty on Oct 10, 2011 at 08:55 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          Just out of curiosity what is your opinion of Ron Paul?
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Oct 10, 2011 at 10:07 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          I think Ron Paul is a alittle left of center. He has some great solutions, however, I defer to Cain. Cain is not a seasoned professional in the system, he is no nonsense agressive business man, bent on saving our economy. He is the American dream and is not led by color. He will tell it like it is as Paul does this as well. So I am a little mixed, however, its anybody but Obama this time. There is a poll by Rasmussen that shows anybody but Obama winning. I only want the spending to be controlled and killing government jobs. Last I checked, government agencies didn't have to pay corporate income taxes...they don't make any money.
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          by G-Nasty on Oct 10, 2011 at 11:02 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          I'm pulling for Ron Paul or Cain as well since they both have great ideas about the economy. This whole administration has been a joke and while I'm not a republican at least they take action which is what's needed right now. I do strongly agree with Ron Paul's standpoint on sovereignty though, as a nation we need to concentrate on our own problems right now.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 10, 2011 at 08:29 AM in reply to G-Nasty
      Barlow says he has a degree and doesn't appear to be very smart at all. But you're still's just a piece of paper.
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      by Degreed on Oct 10, 2011 at 08:37 AM in reply to G-Nasty
      True. The BS degree is the new HS Dimploma since a HS diploma is worthless now. So many HS grads are really about at a 7th-8th grade reading/writing/math level and have no critical thinking skills. They can't even make change at a cash register without help.
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        by G-Nasty on Oct 10, 2011 at 08:58 AM in reply to Degreed
        You are correct. More emphasis needs to go into public education and away from college education. When you have overcrowded classrooms dominated by standardized testing results are bound to be pathetic. I think more people should start going for certifications instead of actual degrees, it's what I would have done in retrospect. It costs significantly less and the pay scale is almost the same.
  • by here Location: here on Oct 10, 2011 at 05:44 AM
    This is just the begining people...
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Oct 10, 2011 at 05:30 AM
    Fewer college graduates will 'thin' the flooding of graduates in the current markets of jobs. In other words, there are so many graduates today, they are fighting for the few jobs there are, and I'm talking about all the administrative/IT/cosmetology grads. Meanwhile, I see hundreds of positions open for assemblers in factories/mechanics/highway workers/engineers/sheet rock hangers/painters/tool and die experts/body shop repair/fast food workers, on and on. I predicted years ago that blue collar workers would hold the job market, while the white collar workers would have a hard time. Many more people want a 'desk job' than want to do a more labor-intense job.
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      by Barlow on Oct 10, 2011 at 06:30 AM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
      Typically, the more highly skill the position, the more training and/or eductation is needed. Education and training cost money, but the reward for the government in providing low cost loans is the creation of a tax payer base that is higher income and so will pay more in. I come from a poor working class family and worked for nearly 20 years as a laborer so I have great repect for people who do that kind of work, however, as my brother used to say, "You'll never get rich using your back". Education pays for everyone.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Oct 10, 2011 at 03:07 AM
    It simply makes good financial sense for the government to provide low interest loans to students. Over their lifetimes, students with college degrees earn higher wages and so pay more in taxes than non-degree workers. Although it took nearly 20 years to pay back my loans, the government got their money and tens of thousands more in additional tax revenue. The students who ended up getting high interest loans from banks during the Bush administration will be paying for the rest of their lives with less opportunity for gainful employment than I had. Thanks once more President Bush. It was the Obama administration that reformed the system. If you need help repaying your student loans, go to;
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Oct 10, 2011 at 05:11 AM in reply to Barlow
      And you losers still blame Bush?
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        by Barlow on Oct 10, 2011 at 06:37 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        Bush promoted and supported the largest cut to federal student aid in history. During “the raid on student aid,” the last Republican Congress slashed $12.7 billion from student loan programs. Aid was restored and enhanced only after Democrats took over Congress in 2007.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Oct 10, 2011 at 10:50 AM in reply to Barlow
          Well Barlow, if your people would pay back their student loans, Congress wouldn't have to cut back. The student loans are supposed to be paid back. Since most are not, the feds have now taken over collection. They find you, they will break in you house.....Elsewhere, the data were more troubling. The average repayment rate for public colleges and universities clocked in at an estimated 54%. It was 56% for private nonprofit schools and a dismal 36% for the for-profit colleges. Under proposed federal regulations, for-profit schools with student loan repayment rates under 45% would face some restrictions in federal aid, and those with rates under 35% could lose government financial aid altogether.
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      by BUSH VOTER on Oct 10, 2011 at 07:02 AM in reply to Barlow
      Why get a loan when you can get an obama grant.I know two girls that obama has bought them both a car to get back and forth to school,they get housing for free,their light bill payed,they get food stamps to feed both their kids on top of their child support,they get free daycare and neither one has ever worked a day in their life.I heard them both talking the other day and one said to the other that she was going to school as long as she can so obama can keep supporting her(this is her 5th year taking several different classes)).No wonder the average kids parents cant afford college.They are to busy paying for low lifes like these two.I know if I know 2 like this there are millions more.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 10, 2011 at 08:27 AM in reply to Barlow
      The Bush Troll has spoken....all hail to The Bush Troll.
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Oct 9, 2011 at 06:36 PM
    A study only done at Pembroke can not be generalized and applied to the whole state. Pembroke is in Robeson County, which is one of the poorest counties in the state. Of course the students who live in that area and attend that university are going to have family that cannot afford the tuition. Also, since the town of Pembroke and surrounding towns are so small, there are limited job opportunities for students to work to put themselves through college.
  • by WorkingMom Location: Gville on Oct 9, 2011 at 06:07 PM
    My kid couldn't get a "goverment backed loan" because of my lousy credit score. I had to work my tail off all summer to make sure her tuition would be covered. And now illegal aliens can get loans probably because they have no credit history, good or bad. WTH?
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      by Great Credit Score on Oct 10, 2011 at 03:56 AM in reply to WorkingMom
      Maybe you should have been more responsible with your spending and your credit score would be better. That's right, blame the government for your poor judgement which effects your child.
  • by WOW!! Location: USA on Oct 9, 2011 at 05:17 PM
    What in the world did Obama do this time to lower gas prices, Obama Snake oil co.? You always said he had control of World commodity prices. Well... what did he do/say to lower them??
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Oct 10, 2011 at 04:56 AM in reply to WOW!!
      When it gets below 2 dollars, we will talk....
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Oct 9, 2011 at 03:32 PM
    Repugs don't like college students anyhow. For some reason the are all "liberal". Which is code for they can think and might realize when they are being ripped off. They'd rather everyone set home and be fed crap by Fox. Easier to use them for the mindless labor they need to enrich themselves that way.
  • by fred Location: martin co on Oct 9, 2011 at 02:42 PM
    Dont worry, Nobama will fill the colleges with kids of illegal aliens
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