"If you can't give away $70 million, then I'm not going to try to," said North Carolina State Sen. Tom Apodaca (R), as reported in the The (Raleigh) News & Observer, referring to the outcry over North Carolina's Senate Bill 873. If enacted as originally drafted, S.B. 873 would have capped tuition at $500 per year for in-state students (and $2,500 for out-of-state students) for five North Carolina public universities.
To make up for the lost tuition revenues, the bill stipulated that the institutions would receive $70 million. Details were vague. And the bill targeted only five University of North Carolina (UNC) colleges: three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) — Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University and Winston-Salem University — one Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institution (NASNTI), UNC Pembroke, and one Primarily White Institution (PWI), Western Carolina University.
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