THE SKINNY ON NORTH CAROLINA'S $5 BILLION UNC SYSTEM.

 
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A distinguishing characteristic of North Carolina is its highly respected public higher education system. It's a massive industry with about 240,000 students enrolled and about 22,000 full- and part-time employees at the 16 UNC System campuses. While total enrollment has increased about 7% in the last five years, system expenditures have increased 15% to nearly $5 billion. State appropriations make up about 60% of total revenue, while personnel costs comprise two-thirds of all expenses.

State policy and support have ensured that higher ed is a bargain in North Carolina. The average net prices of attending UNC Chapel Hill and N.C. State University, after including average student aid packages, were second-lowest and fifth-lowest among the 125 best U.S. colleges, according to The Wall Street Journal.

UNC SYSTEM fast facts percentage change in system finances, 2014-18 Personnel costs 13% Total expenditures 15 State appropriations 14 Tuition revenue 18 Student fees 56 Total revenues 15 UNC SYSTEM general fund spending Total expenditures State appropriations billion billion 2013-14 $4.28 $2.57 2014-15 $4.35 $2.62 2015-16 $4.52 $2.73 2016-17 $4.79 $2.86 2017-18 $4.94 $2.94 Note: Table made from line graph. UNC SYSTEM Students % change in 2019 since 2018 UNC System 236,993 1.3% UNC Pembroke 7,137 7.9 Elizabeth City State University 1,677 5.7 UNC Wilmington 16,747 4.5 Western Carolina University 11,639 4.5 UNC School of the Arts 1,042 4.2 Fayetteville State University 6,318 3.7 N.C. A&T State University 12,142 3.4 N.C. State University 35,479 2.3 Appalachian State University 19,108 0.9 UNC Greensboro 20,106 0.4 East Carolina University 28,718 (0.2) UNC Charlotte 29,710 (0.3) UNC Chapel Hill 30,011 (0.4) Winston-Salem State University 5,190 (1.3) N.C. Central University 8,207...

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