Education

NC State approves tuition increase

Posted November 18, 2011

— 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.

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  • biohazard Nov 18, 6:04 p.m.

    "Not that many years ago, college was a privilege you earned and you finished in 4 years. Now, I'm hearing that college is a "right" and tuition is too high -- but students are taking 5-6 years to get a 4-year degree. Apparently for many, the hurt ain't so bad or they would be done in 4 years."

    First of all, it is almost impossible to finish a college degree in four years today, especially at a public university. Almost all of my classes that I need to take get filled up before I even get to register for classes, because there are not enough professors to teach the amount of lectures that they need to be offering. This is pushing my graduation date back at least a semester, and that is not my fault. I do not want to pay an extra $7,000 because of NC State not offering enough class sections, but I am going to have to. Alsom in my opinion college is a right, because this is America, and if I want to better myself then I will. Hopefully, with my education I will not be an ignorant adult.

  • Alex25 Nov 18, 5:30 p.m.

    There is NO law that says college ed is a right....jeez.

  • Alex25 Nov 18, 5:29 p.m.

    End users - students and parents - need to pay more! This will slow the RIDICULOUS "Tuition Inflation" nonsense infecting college campuses. TI way exceeds the CPI.

    Too many administrators, too many useless curricula driving up costs - and we Taxpayers are sick of it.

  • Plenty Coups Nov 18, 5:21 p.m.

    "Now, I'm hearing that college is a "right""

    According to state law, it is.

  • guyfisher Nov 18, 4:50 p.m.

    When private businesses run short of money they cut costs if they want to stay in business. I sure wish UNC, Duke and NC State would work as hard to reduce their expenses as they do to try and convince the public they need to raise tuition.

  • wildcat Nov 18, 4:36 p.m.

    WOE TO ALL STUDENTS. GETTING A JOB TO HELP IS GOING TO BE TOUGH. IT WILL TAKE A GOOD HEARTED PERSON TO GIVE YOU A JOB. MAYBE ONE WITH COMPASSION WILL DO JUST THAT.

  • ax2grind Nov 18, 4:26 p.m.

    Webhype, although I understand your frustration, substantially raising out-of-state tuition will result in less out-of-state students, thereby resulting in much less money which will result in even higher in-state increases.

    Not that many years ago, college was a privilege you earned and you finished in 4 years. Now, I'm hearing that college is a "right" and tuition is too high -- but students are taking 5-6 years to get a 4-year degree. Apparently for many, the hurt ain't so bad or they would be done in 4 years. ;-)

  • Chairman of the Bored Nov 18, 4:17 p.m.

    "A college degree means that you past some tests. It does not mean that you are smart and it does not guarantee you success in the work force." -Create Your Own Wealth

    ROFL! You musta got stuck in the slow lane cause I got past you.

    Statistics don't lie. College graduates make a lot more money than those who do not.

    Current unemployment among college graduates is less than 5% here in NC.

  • tran Nov 18, 4:12 p.m.

    "The total bill for my first semester at NC State in 1993 was $762. I'm so very glad I'm out of school. I don't know how most young people today are going to pay their loans back. I guess they'll have to look at it like a 30 year mortgage."

    It was right at $300 in the late 1970s for 15 credit hours, $20 per credit hour. Thirty years later, college costs 25 times as much and many if not most students graduate with an onerous debt load which has been likened to a mortgage without the house.

  • Dukefan1 Nov 18, 3:58 p.m.

    Well, let's see. I am a state employee who has gone without a raise for over 4 years. I am also the parent of an NC State student. Tuition has risen every year. When does this madness stop? I am catching it from both ends. No pay increases BUT plenty of tuition increases!!

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