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Area schools avoid mounting unpaid tuition

Correction appended Officials with Davidson College, Queens University of Charlotte, Wingate University and Winthrop University all say they don't have more than the average unpaid tuition bills because they planned for that possibility. Winthrop spokeswoman Rebecca Masters says the university's board of trustees started an emergency fund as a preventive measure. "Students might have individuals within their family who are part of their college funding process who might be caught up in some of the layoffs or mergers that were going on," says Masters. Davidson says about eight students reported hardship and were referred to the school's grants and work study program. Queens officials contacted students that they thought may have been in danger of missing payments and worked out plans. And since October, Wingate officials have publicized all available options that would help students meet tuition payments. Correction: Winthrop University is a public institution. Our story incorrectly refers to Winthrop as a private school.