Western Carolina University.

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Western Carolina University enrolled a record 10,806 students this fall. The 4% increase comes two years ahead of a plan to slash tuition at the Cullowhee campus. Under the II.C. Promise Tuition Plan passed this year by state lawmakers, in-state students will pay $500 per semester, compared with about $2,000 now, starting in fall 2018. Out-of-state tuition will decline to $2,500 from $7,000. Lawmakers want to cut student debt: Western Carolina graduates in 2014-15 left campus owing an average of $20,500. The cut-rate tuition plan, which was authored by former state Sen. Tom Apodaca, a WCU graduate, also will be offered at UNC Pembroke and Elizabeth City State University.

Because of limited housing, Western Carolina may raise admission standards...

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