Parents of youngsters worry they'll be priced out of college education

Posted February 10, 2012
Updated February 11, 2012

— The tuition hike passed Friday by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors resonated far beyond the 16 campuses of the UNC System.

Parents whose children are a decade or more from matriculation are already worried that the cost of college may put a degree out of reach.

"It is getting out of whack," said Cuttino Fowler.

The recommendation, which must be ratified by state lawmakers, would increase tuition and fees by more than $400 on average in 2012-13 for each student in UNC System schools. Families like Jody Brannon's will pay it several times over.

"I have two in college, two in high school and two I have to home-school," she said.

Brannon estimates a year's tuition and fees for one child cost her family about $18,000. They must take that money from other expenses. "We go out for dinner a lot less," she said. "We shop and buy clothes at Target instead of the mall. We look for sales."

Fowler is looking at alternatives to four years at university for his two daughters. He said they might have to attend community college instead.

UNC System President Tom 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. college students Parents worry about future college costs

Budget cuts last year 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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  • superman Feb 13, 2012

    Couples should go to family planning. Adopt a dog or cat. Wonder if they are concerned about the high cost of cable tv or cell phones? I am sure they have a couple of high priced Phones. Couples should begin planning and saving for their kids college when they bring them home from the hospital. Instead of shopping at Target consider the thrift shops. You shouldnt depend on the rest of us paying to educatie them for you. Dont go out to dinner less--just dont go at all. Get a second job.

  • soyousay Feb 13, 2012

    We go out for dinner a lot less," she said. "We shop and buy clothes at Target instead of the mall. We look for sales."

    how is that a problem?

  • nowon_yuno Feb 13, 2012

    The world needs ditch diggers too

  • kermit60 Feb 13, 2012

    Colleges are buisnesses just like Walmart. Their product is an education. They are not non profit organizations and will do whatever they need to do to make money. As long as they get applications to fill classes then in a business sense they aren't charging to much.

  • oleguy Feb 13, 2012

    Some one has to do the physical Labor , Use their hands,, fix or build things,, eveyone is not cut out for college, The idea that everyone needs college is ???, Kids today need to learn how to do things, not just sit and push buttons on a screen, Grow food at least, we are raising wimps

  • warbirdlover Feb 13, 2012

    $400.00 bucks, that's less than most peoples Cell Phone bill. Is there some law somewhere that say's the parents have to pay for College. Why can't they do like I did, work and pay your own way. I shucked Oysters at a Seafood resturant, Cleaned Offices at night.

  • joeflowers Feb 13, 2012

    I would like to see a graph on a linear scale showing these tuition hikes over time for the past 20 or so years.

    I would like to see a graph on a linear scale showing the number of tenured and tenure track faculty positions over the same period.

    I would like to know how many previously filled tenure track faculty positions (not currently filled tenured positions) have been cut versus the number of previously filled non-tenure track faculty and staff positions that have been cut over the same period.