University of North Carolina students who pay in-state rates are facing a more than $400 tuition increase, despite President Barack Obama's warning that schools could lose funding if they don't find ways to keep costs down.
The issue is especially touchy in the state that established America's first public university. Student groups from across the state are planning to march Friday, just before university system trustees vote on the proposed $468 increase.
Juan Miranda, a 21-year-old senior studying sociology at UNC-Greensboro, said he's struggling to pay for school and is working to organize a caravan of students for the protest.
"It's becoming more of a luxury every day. It's really no longer something you can just expect to do after high school because it's becoming really difficult, especially for working-class families, people of color and immigrants," said Miranda, whose family immigrated from Ecuador when he was 9.