Education

UNC-CH students rally against proposed tuition increase

Posted February 1, 2012

— Dozens of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students on Wednesday protested a proposed tuition increase at the school.

The UNC Board of Governors is expected to vote on tuition proposals next week for the system's 16 university campuses.

UNC President Tom Ross has recommended limiting increases to an average of 8.8 percent for 2012-13 and 4.2 percent in 2013-14. Together, they would add more than $700 to the annual bill of an average in-state undergraduate.

Anti-tuition rally at UNC-Chapel Hill Students wants UNC campuses to find other revenue sources

Some campuses had requested much larger increases, such as a five-year plan at UNC-Chapel Hill that would have raised tuition by 40 percent. Administrators said they need the revenue to offset deep cuts in state funding in recent years.

"Budget cuts are falling on the backs of students," said Amanda Ellis, a student at UNC-Chapel Hill. "We're going to be the leaders of this country, and if we don't have access to proper education, there's no way we can do that."

Representatives of the state chapter of the NAACP joined students in calling on the Board of Governors to reject the tuition proposals and seek more support from state lawmakers.

"The more the UNC system fails to stand up to such shameful cuts to education and such a shameful elimination of educational grants and financial aid, the more the system punishes its students," Curtis Gatewood of the NAACP said.

Ross has said his tuition recommendations would generate $70 million in total revenue for the campuses, which would make up about 17 percent of last year's state cuts.

Students from several UNC campuses are expected to rally at the Feb. 10 Board of Governors meeting in a show of force against the tuition proposals.

"We are challenging the university to find other ways to (raise revenue) that don't disenfranchise students, that don't limit diversity (and) that don't prevent quality education," Ellis said.

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  • GK N.Ral Feb 2, 1:12 p.m.

    These "leaders" of tomorrow have not proposed one solution to the higher cost of higher education. They can complain, whine, and protest but when it comes to solutions, they do not have a clue.

  • superman Feb 2, 9:57 a.m.

    I would make them so happy! I would make education like toll roads. The ones who want to ride would be the ones who pay. Do they realize that about 80% of the income tax revenue goes to education and many people in this state do not have children. Public education is just public welfare. If you want an education do something to pay for it yourself. Lazy and worthless and begging for more state money.

  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 2, 9:33 a.m.

    Tuition increase to recoup losses from illegals paying in state rates maybe?

  • mep Feb 1, 7:46 p.m.

    If the govt quit subsidizing at the rate of nearly 50 cents of every dollar spent at universities... the cost of an education WOULD go down. Yes there would be fewer choice... but at least it would be affordable. Free market principals DO apply... even to higher education.

  • Alex25 Feb 1, 7:23 p.m.

    The End User -- the students and their families -- SHOULD pay more of the share for college. Only then will TUITION INFLATION come under check...

  • rmwalsh Feb 1, 7:14 p.m.

    Why are they complaining? If you go to UNC they will darn near throw a diploma in your window if you drive down Franklin St. Come to NCSU an see how much they care about you graduating, you actually have to work for it. Learn to vote republican and we will not have this issue.

  • arfamr1007 Feb 1, 7:02 p.m.

    funny thing is they'll be voting for Erskin Bowles if he runs for governor!! LOL!! Funny how rasing taxes and rates is no problem as long as it's on other people...democrats are so silly.