University Meal Tax Hike
Meals will cost more at North Carolina universities starting January 1st. That's because the new state budget removes the exemption on sales taxes charged on student meal plans.
Beginning with the new semester, students like those at Western Carolina University will pay 6.75% on food they buy on campus.
Many students like sophomore Victoria Giles say it will hurt.
"It's already hard enough to find all the financial aid to even attend here. So I don't know where I'm supposed to pull this money out of," said Giles.
"If they want to put taxes on food then maybe they should take it down a notch or two on tuition," said fellow sophomore Brittany Marshall
Administrators say semester meal plans will go up $100 to $120.
"We're trying to be sensitive and let students when they need to change their meal plan selection at the appropriate times and to work with students on a case by case basis if they need reconsideration of financial aid," said Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Sam Miller.
The sales tax will apply to students, staff, and faculty.
By Rex Hodge
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