CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- The guardians of North Carolina's public university system are digging into financial aid for higher education as some students plan to demonstrate against costs that push them into debt.
The UNC Board of Governors discussed a report Thursday showing that $1 billion in federal grants and loans went to students in the state universities in the 2012-13 school year.
University board members bristled at learning that after the federal government the largest source of help for North Carolina undergraduates is money set aside from higher tuition bills. Frank Grainger of Cary says the $126 million campuses distributed from part of recent years' tuition increases means some students are subsidizing needier students.
Students upset about higher education debts plan to protest to the state university board on Friday.