UNC Asheville freshman Beth Williams doesn’t like to think about how much money she’ll owe when she completes her studies.Read the full article
The 18-year-old wants to go to veterinary school, so she’s looking at eight years of college.
“If I didn’t have financial aid, I wouldn’t be here,” Williams said. “It’s a sad fact. I can’t pay for it by myself, and my family can’t pay for it.”
And with state universities facing budget cuts, thousands of students like Williams are facing yet another tuition increase next year. This time, the UNCA board of trustees is recommending a hike of $500 in tuition plus an increase in some fees for the 2012-13 academic year.
“It kind of frustrates me in general because I want to go to school. I want to go to vet school after this so it’s compounded,” Williams said.