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BOG to hammer out details of tuition hike for UNC System

Posted February 9, 2012

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— Despite protests by students and a warning from President Barack Obama that schools could lose funding if they don't find a way to keep costs down, the UNC Board of Governors will meet Thursday morning to hammer out the details of proposed tuition increases that UNC System leaders say they can't do without. 

The BOG will meet in committees Thursday to discuss the impact of budgets cuts on the UNC System before voting on recommended tuition increases for each of the system's 16 schools. (Watch UNC Board of Governors committee meetings beginning at 11 a.m. live on WRAL.com.)

In January, Tom Ross, the president of the UNC System, called for a tuition increases to average about 8.8 percent next year. For most in-state undergraduates, that would mean an average increase of about $470. 

But leaders at the individual campuses in the system say they need much more to make up the $414 million cut by state legislators last year.

A UNC System report on the impact of reduced funding shows a loss of more than 3,000 jobs across the system, and reduced library hours at Appalachian State University and UNC-Wilmington. 

The recommendations by Ross and the demands by campus leaders for more funds have generated a strong response from students, who have protested the proposed rate hikes. Last week, dozens of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students protested the potential increases. 

"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. 

Out-of-state undergraduate students can expect an increase next fall averaging 5.2 percent, increasing their bill by $923 to $17,995. Campuses are generally limited to admitting no more than 18 percent of a freshman class' students from outside North Carolina.

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  • joneszee Feb 9, 2012

    There really shouldn't have an increase at all. The economy has gotten worse and state workers are not getting raises and companies have cut back. How in the world is is costing that much more to run these campuses? They need to figure out how to do with less, just like everyone else!!!

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Feb 9, 2012

    "WITH ALL THE BILLIONAIRES IN THIS COUNTRY"

    I suggest getting a loan and paying it back. No one is entitled to a free college education.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Feb 9, 2012

    Just more greedy liberals demanding more money.

  • as400_guru Feb 9, 2012

    To floydthebarber: How about if you send a letter to President Obama and ask him to donate 1/2 of his $1,000,000,000+ campaign re-election fund to support education?

  • as400_guru Feb 9, 2012

    To alexius1baby: How much of YOUR money have YOU given to someone in need? I have an idea. Go gather up the "OWS" people and have them start demonstrating against "Big Education".

  • edlmc Feb 9, 2012

    That is why NC has a college fund that people can pay into tax free, I agree there should never be more than a 5% increase, but when you hear these students talk, they expect it for free, these will be the same people living with their parents because someone is not paying their rent or mortgage. More Occupy type people. Our parents and grandparents worked hard for what they got and did not expect handouts, you know stop having kids if you cant afford them or want other people to pay for them.

  • loprestw Feb 9, 2012

    Education is not a right, is you are so irresponsible not to plan for the future or for your childrens future the tax payers should not have to sacrifice. Why do people think they have the right to take others hard earn money to get something for free? Sorry if you can not afford a higher education, the world does need laborers.

  • floydthebarber Feb 9, 2012

    Increases of more than 5% a year are insulting and show a lack of restraint by lawmakers to obey our State Constitution and keep education affordable for ALL citizens of North Carolina. Take the money from somewhere else, not the pockets of struggling students and families!

  • SaveEnergyMan Feb 9, 2012

    What UNC son't tell you is that they are playing games with the money. They admit more students every year because they know that the incremental cost to educate one more student is not much. So they let in more students hoping to get more and more state funding to keep up with "enrollment increases." Now we are left with a system that has 50% more students than 10 years ago - UNC-GA data. They created degrees and departments in the expansion that are too small and inefficient, with high fixed costs relative to tuition coming in.

    The answer: cut degree programs at schools where that is not their strength - i.e., cut engineering at ECU and small liberal arts programs at NCSU. Then become more selective and admit fewer students. This will raise academic standards, reduce remedial classes, increase grad rates, but require that professors be let go. Finally, work with the community colleges to let them use the freed space for evening classes.

  • alexius1baby Feb 9, 2012

    WITH ALL THE BILLIONAIRES IN THIS COUNTRY, THERE SHOULD BE SOME WHO WOULD GIVE TO HELP ALL STUDENTS WHO NEED HELP WITH COLLEGE. OUR CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE OF RUNNING THIS WORLD. GOD DID NOT BLESS THEM FOR THE SAKE OF THEM BEING SELFISH. WE NEED SOME CARING, GIVING, COMPASSIONATE MONEY HOLDERS TO GIVE

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