Chapel Hill, N.C. — Following the path beaten by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, trustees at North Carolina State University on Friday approved a hefty tuition increase for the coming years.
The increase, which still must be approved by the UNC Board of Governors and state lawmakers,calls for tuition to go up by 6.4 percent next year for in-state undergraduates and for an extra $1,170 in tuition to be spread over the next five years.
“Given the state’s economic situation and significant reduction in funding, N.C. State leadership believes these increases present the best path forward to preserve the quality of an N.C. State education and degree,” Barbara Mulkey, chairwoman of the Board of Trustees, said in a statement.
The UNC Board of Governors implemented a 6.5 percent cap on tuition increases across the university system several years ago, but the cap allowed campuses to impose a one-time increase beyond the cap to "catch up" to tuition levels at competing schools nationwide.
If the increases go into effect, tuition at N.C. State will go up by more than 9 percent next year, to $7,523 for in-state undergraduates. Out-of-state undergraduates would see a 5 percent increase, to $18,882.
Tuition for in-state graduate students would increase by 15 percent, to $6,852, while it would go up 5 percent for out-of-state graduate students, to $18,900.
On Thursday, trustees at UNC-Chapel Hill approved a 6.5 percent tuition increase for 2012-13, plus $2,800 over the next five years.