North Carolina’s state constitution says the price of higher education should be free.
Well, sort of: it says the UNC system should be as free as practicable.
That leaves a lot to interpretation. So what does “free as practicable” actually mean for North Carolina residents? This week, WFAE explores the cost of the UNC System to students and universities. We'll explain where the money goes when students and parents write that tuition check, and we'll analyze how much it actually costs to educate different students.