Even with an 8.4 percent increase in tuition and fees, an education at Elizabeth City State University will remain the best bargain in the 16-campus University of North Carolina System.

According to UNC data, the average ECSU student who paid $3,829 in tuition and fees this year will pay — if the proposed increases are approved by both ECSU trustees and the UNC Board of Governors — $4,150 in 2012-13.

That’s still $244 less, however, than what a student at Fayetteville State University would pay in tuition and fees next year, and $636 less than what a student at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke would pay next year. It’s also $1,655 less than the statewide average of $5,805.

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