Price break on UNC athletic scholarships revived in House

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A late-session effort is underway to repeal a 2010 state law that prevented North Carolina taxpayers from having to cover the costs for out-of-state students who were being treated like in-state students when they received full athletic scholarships.

With little debate, the House Rules Committee on Thursday approved legislation that would restore a waiver that had reduced the costs of athletic booster clubs covering those scholarships because those students received the in-state tuition rate.

In 2010, the waiver meant University of North Carolina system schools would have been reimbursed over $9 million. Updated costs likely will be discussed at the bill's next stop — the House Finance Committee.

Rep. Jason Saine of Lincoln County is shepherding the bill. He says the measure could help schools and athletic recruiting.