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WILMINGTON -- The Supreme Court's ruling has many college students breathing a sigh of relief at least for now.

Thursday's healthcare ruling didn't seem to distract many UNC Wilmington students from their studies but most of them knew the decision would affect them in some way, if not today, in the future.

"I just knew they were forcing people to get health care," said Brittney Fairfax, a UNCW student.

"Obama Care instills a lot of positive reinforcement in me," said Ethan Warlick, also a student.

The positive being students and young adults under 26 years old can stay on their parents healthcare plan.

"I am trying to go on to grad school and I know that accumulating debt through education is going to be a tricky thing for me so all the support that I can get from my parents through this part of my life is very good," said Warlick.

Having health insurance is not an option in the UNC system. If students aren't covered by their parents, the school offers a policy. College officials said that their plan is affordable and they don't see the reform changing that.

"I don't think this will result in a price increase for students who are getting coverage from a student health plan because they are still a really healthy risk pool so insurers would love to cover 20-30 year-olds," said Kae Livsey, with the School of Nursing.

Some of the students were concerned about what this will mean once they are out of college.

"I'll definitely be concerned about what it will cost and that's definitely a problem," said Robert Vasil, a student.

Many students said that they fear being over 26-years old, out of college, and having to pay for health insurance or pay a tax.

"I am worried that if I don't get a career by then and I am still struggling money-wise that, that's going to hit me," said Warlick.

So for now, most college students are feeling good about their health insurance situation; it's the future that makes them a little uneasy.

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