NC universities eye tuition increases

Posted November 4, 2011

— Public universities in North Carolina are looking to recoup money lost to deep cuts in state funding by raising tuition – in some cases more than a cap that officials imposed several years ago to keep college affordable.

The 17-campus University of North Carolina system had to reduce spending by $414 million – equivalent to an across-the-board reduction of 15.6 percent – as part of a state budget that closed a $2.6 billion shortfall without a tax increase.

A special UNC-Chapel Hill task force is expected to vote this month on a proposal to raise tuition and fees for in-state students by up to $2,800, which would be a 40 percent increase.

The UNC Board of Governors put a 6.5 percent cap on annual tuition and fee increases several years ago, although they offered campuses the opportunity for a one-time increase beyond the cap to bring charges in line with those at peer universities nationwide.

UNC-CH spokeswoman Karen Moon said that, if the $2,800 increase is approved by Chancellor Holden Thorp and university trustees, it more than likely would be spread over a few years.

Meanwhile, North Carolina State University officials are considering adding $330 to the tuition bill for in-state undergraduates, which would be a 6.4 percent increase. The school might go beyond that if the Board of Governors approves of the move, officials said.

At North Carolina Central University, officials probably won't have a tuition proposal to consider until December, spokeswoman Cynthia Fobert said.

All tuition increases must be approved by trustees of the individual campus, the Board of Governors and state lawmakers before taking effect.


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  • fayncmike Nov 4, 2011

    "The faculties at the universities (especially those in the Triangle) are drawing six-figure salaries, and they don't do 15 hours of work per week toward teaching.

    You, of course, have something to prove your statement, right?

  • fayncmike Nov 4, 2011

    "How is raising in-state tuition 40% fair and reasonable. why don't they cut some staff, benefits and salaries first!

    Eveybody complains about the hardship for the staff and teachers, but they continue to get good benefits, low cost healthcare, good salaries, etc.

    Why do the students and taxpayers always get asked to make all the sacrafices?

    I have a very good idea. Why don't you set a good example. Bright and early Monday go into your bosses office and tell him that your salary and benefits are costing too much and, accordingly you'd like both cut. After all your selfishness is causing your businesses customers to have to have to spend more. Shall I hold my breath till you do that? I think not.

  • marywaterton Nov 4, 2011

    The faculties at the universities (especially those in the Triangle) are drawing six-figure salaries, and they don't do 15 hours of work per week toward teaching. Seems to me that we need to cut salaries across the board before raising tuition.


  • Da Toy Maker Nov 4, 2011


    LOL. You know there is talk about forgiving student loans?

    Let's face it, there are a lot of people who will not be able to pay for college with student loan(s). Yes. Easy to say get a job and pay for it.

    As the merit of the major in college, it is true there are majors that will enable the students better paying jobs. Then again, not everyone is going to be an engineer or scientist. In today, you are not going anywhere without a 4 year degree for majority of people. I agree with you: Spend over $100K for liberal art degree from a private college might not be the best investment one could make. There has been a lot of debate whether a college degree is a sound investment or not: For example, take the over $100k and invest or open a business, you might be better off that spend it on getting that 4 year degree. That is some view people held out there but do you agree with it? Just saying.

  • arfamr1007 Nov 4, 2011

    14% decrease in spending = 40% tuition rate hike? Had I been into politics when I chose a college to support I NEVER would've chosen liberal-based UNC-CH

  • dws Nov 4, 2011

    A breakdown of the lost services $$ due to budget cuts needs to be itemized for which a $2800 increase is required.

  • beachboater Nov 4, 2011

    Don't worry about tuition increases. Just get student loans. Obama and Company don't like debt. They will write off the student loans after 20 years.

    In my opinion, anyone who needs 20 years to pay off student loans did not get much for their college tuition buck.

    A PHD in art appreciation doesn't do all that well in the job market.

    Not sure what Obama got his B/S in, but it seems to pay pretty well. His adjusted gross income last year was a bit over $5 million.

  • dpat1776 Nov 4, 2011

    reduction of 15.6% but a 40% increase in tuition . . . must be new math

  • u stand corrected Nov 4, 2011

    Yeah raise the tuition and then be sure to give those bonus checks out.

  • Da Toy Maker Nov 4, 2011

    BTW, the current Fee/Tuition is about $5,200 at NCSU. Still a bargain comparing to Duke, etc if you ask me.