My daughter’s school sent me a link describing the NC Promise Tuition Plan. Three schools in the University of North Carolina system (Elizabeth City State, UNC-Pembroke, and Western Carolina) have had their tuition reduced to $500/semester for in-state students, starting in 2018.
However, what caught my eye in the link were the fees. Right now, at Western Carolina, tuition for a semester is $1,946, but fees for the semester are $2,678! What in the world do those fees cover? It’s not room and board as those are separate items. It’s hard to imagine the cost of sponsored activities and recreation running over $100/week (assuming a 14-week semester), so what else could this be except padding the bill or cost-shifting?