UNC BOG approves tuition hike plan

Posted February 10, 2012

— The University of North Carolina Board of Governors on Friday passed President Tom Ross' recommended tuition hike plan that will raise fees by an average of 8.8 percent on UNC system campuses for the 2012-13 school year. 

The recommended plan will now go before state lawmakers for final approval. If adopted, tuition and fees will increase by more than $400 on average for the 16 UNC system campuses. 

Some board members said they were not happy that campuses must put aside 25 percent of tuition increases for financial aid. They said that amounted to students paying for other students and that those costs should be covered by the legislature.

A motion was presented to cap how much of the increases campuses can use for financial aid, but the motion failed, with some members saying they wanted more time to study the issue.

About 75 students protested both inside the BOG meeting and in the lobby of the UNC General Administration Building Friday while board members considered the increases. They chanted things such as, "Who's university? Our university," and "Your tuition hikes will shackle students with years of debt."

"We are going to Raleigh. They will hear us there," said UNC student Sean Langberg.

Authorities arrested Robert Andrew Payne, 33, of Raleigh, after he left the meeting and tried to come back in. He was charged him with second-degree trespassing and resisting, obstructing and delaying, which are both misdemeanors. UNC said Payne is not currently a student at the school.

Ross said, despite the disruptions in the meeting, he didn't see anything inappropriate about the way students protested.

"Our decision was to let them be heard. I think students are passionate about this issue, and it definitely impacts their lives," Ross said.

UNC-Asheville student Kaley Fry said her parents don't have a lot of money and it's important that tuition doesn't go up, "not only for me, but for my friends and family," she said.

After meeting in the Pit on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus at about 8 a.m., the students marched to the administration building ahead of the meeting. A few of the protesters were allowed inside the meeting, but most were kept in the lobby and allowed to watch the discussion on a monitor. 

The Association of Student Governments, a group comprised of the student body presidents from each school, said it supports students expressing their views on the proposed increases. The ASG endorsed the proposed hike plan Thursday.

North Carolina State University student organizer Bryan Perlmutter says more increases will close the doors of higher education to many students. 

Ross said Thursday that the UNC BOG struggled with the idea of raising fees. 

The cost increases Ross recommended are well below what some campus leaders said they needed and will make up just 17 percent of the $414 million cut by state legislators last year. UNC leaders approve tuition hikes UNC leaders approve tuition hikes

The budget cut forced the 16 university campuses and the School of Science and Math in Durham to drop more than 3,000 employees, cut library hours at Appalachian State University and UNC-Wilmington and prevent hundreds of North Carolina Central University students from enrolling in general education math courses, according to a UNC system report.


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  • whatelseisnew Feb 10, 2012

    "Some board members said they were not happy that campuses must put aside 25 percent of tuition increases for financial aid. They said that amounted to students paying for other students and that those costs should be covered by the legislature."

    The convoluted logic here is priceless. While I agree NONE of the tuition should go to financial aid, what actually needs to happen is that taxpayer subsidy of these schools needs to end. They need to survive on their own or go away. The State is deeply in debt and is facing some huge financial problems that get even worse if ObamaCare remains in place.

  • Plenty Coups Feb 10, 2012

    "TUITION INFLATION: Too many useless curricula; too many Vice Chancellors.......NO TENURE"

    Too much unsubstantiated talking points and rhetoric.

  • Plenty Coups Feb 10, 2012

    Justaname-" Money into a 401k or an IRA isn't guaranteed to provide a certain return. And you are guaranteed your money, no matter how in debt the state is or underfunded the program is."

    Wrong. Pension funds are at the mercy of the General Assembly. Just like previously guaranteed step pay raises for teachers, merit pay for high test scores, and previously OK health care plans. Quick budget votes and midnight sessions can end anything.

  • Uhavenoclu Feb 10, 2012

    Wasn't it originally posted as being only 7.5%, Now it's 8.8% seems like everything else associated with Chapel Hill and the where abouts is nothing but lies.

    It's called extra pocket change for the higher ups.

  • Uhavenoclu Feb 10, 2012

    Don't worry,many of the great inventors and minds never went to college and were either kicked out or dropped out.
    You learn on the streets and in your daily routine and employers who require you to have a degree to work,don't know good work and people when they see em.
    Oh yeah my pizza delivery guy has a masters and his friend who has a bachelors degree is working at gamestop.
    While the star player on their college team is washing cars.The one voted not likely to succeed is living in a mnsion making billions a year.
    Appearance is only an illusion.

  • armada08 Feb 10, 2012

    For a college education, the UNC system is an excellent deal, even with the tuition increase-compare it to the SUNY (State University of NY) system: to attend, say, SUNY Albany instate tuition, not including R/B is around $ attend UNCCH, full time tuition is about $3500... I would say that is not a bad deal, even with the increase.
    Now, where folks need to complain is why they are not taking the funds from the football or basketball coaches salaries?!? When the new, incoming football coach will be getting paid $1.7million a year, I would like to know where THAT money is coming from, and why that money isn't going towards academics...

    As North Carolinians, we get excellent educations for very good price...

  • issymayake Feb 10, 2012

    as400 and sillywabbit,

    Thanks for being honest. I'm just trying to make comparisons. I went to school on full scholarship in the 1990s, but I still worked. But there was no way I could have paid my tuition with a part-time job and still graduated in four years.

    I applaud your efforts, but there certainly isn't a one-size fits all solution to this issue.

    Doesn't change my stance on this, as there is a funding problem. I think the General Assembly will reject the increase. Ironically seeing as they are the ones who demanded the cuts in the first place. College students are one hades of a voting bloc, if someone can get them organized; so GA members should tread lightly.

  • Alex25 Feb 10, 2012

    Students and and Parents: PAY YOUR SHARE.

    TAXPAYERS are sick of footing the majority %.

  • Alex25 Feb 10, 2012

    TUITION INFLATION: Too many useless curricula; too many Vice Chancellors.......NO TENURE

  • Screw WrAl Feb 10, 2012

    See, those who protest really can bring change!