The trustees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill voted to approve a proposal that would raise annual in-state tuition by $2,800 over the next five years.
Students who attended the board meeting urged the trustees to delay the vote, but Chancellor Holden Thorp said it was "imperative" to vote Thursday. Some students carried signs urging board members to vote against an increase.
The vote would raise tuition for in-state undergraduates by $800 in the 2012-13 year, with the rest of the increase rolling out over the following four years.
Before the increase takes effect, it has to be approved by the UNC system Board of Governors and state lawmakers.