University of North Carolina officials have unanimously approved a $3 billion plan to ask for a $168 million spending increase.
WRAL-TV reports that the Board of Governors on Friday approved the plan that represents a 5.8 percent increase.
All but about $50 million would go toward salaries, financial aid and public safety at the system's 16 universities.
Chancellors at the system's campuses have cut current budgets by 4 percent.
The board decided not to raise tuition last year, but University of North Carolina President Erskine Bowles said he expects campuses will ask for an increase now.
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