Tuition hikes coming to public universities

Posted July 13, 2010
Updated July 14, 2010

— The University of North Carolina Board of Governors met Tuesday to discuss tuition increases at the system's 16 higher education campuses.

Legislators are allowing campuses to raise fall tuition by $750 per student to help close an extra $70 million in spending cuts the General Assembly directed them to make.

Community college tuition could also go up by $6.50 to $56.50 per credit hour for in-state students.

UNC President Erskine Bowles said despite the increases, tuition is still lower at the state's public universities than other public peer institutions.

“If you looked at our campuses, all of them were either the lowest tuition, or the second lowest compared to their public peers. Not just their peers, but their public peers,” Bowles said.

The $750 in tuition hike would be in addition to a $200 increase approved last year by state lawmakers. Under guidelines for that increase, each campus had to raise tuition for the 2010-11 school year by the lesser of 8 percent or $200, with the extra revenue going to the state's General Fund.

Jeffrey Fisher, a senior at North Carolina State University, said a tuition increase will create a financial hardship for him.

“I might have to get another job on the side while I’m in school. If not that, pull loans through my financial aid, which I really don't want to do that,” Fisher said.

Dustin Minor, an N.C. State sophomore, said tuition hikes appear necessary at this point to address campuses needs.

“They need more money somewhere to keep the same level of education. If they're exhausting all possible forms of getting that money, than, if it's going to have to come from us, then so be it,” Minor said.

The amount of increase varies across the state. In-state undergraduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State would likely see the largest increase. UNC Wilmington, Elizabeth City State University and Fayetteville State University would see the smallest.

Bowles will make the final determination on the amount of increases for each campus Wednesday. Some schools have decided to phase the increase in over a two-year period.


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  • tvgirl70 Jul 15, 2010

    It is mandatory that we maintain the buildings that our students are being taught in. Our students health are at risk as well as the professors, support staff, and the rest of our university employees. It is vital the money in tuition increases to be set for Maintenance. The buildings at NC State have air handlers that leak, steam pipes that leak, sprinkler heads leak, dirty filthy air filters, roofs leak, rust coat some window sills from water infiltration, water has run down some of the walls from leaks, we have molded ceiling tiles, mildewy smells, some classrooms are unable to maintain a good quality temperature, birds live in the walls in some of our buildings with their fecal matter, feathers, dander, and urine as well. And some of the buildings having problems are only a 3 or 4 years old and costs the taxpayers of North Carolina Miliions and Millions of dollars, some of the other buildings were built in the early 1900's and are simply old and are decaying as we speak. If we

  • wolfpackgirl1289 Jul 14, 2010

    was just told by ncsu that i can't receive my refund for summer school session 2 until they send out billing for the fall with the new tuition rates. i was supposed to be receiving my refund tomorrow on the fifteenth but now it could be the 25th. can anyone make sense of this???

  • kikinc Jul 14, 2010

    stephy-well said!

    Congratulations for doing it, though, and not giving up b/c it's so hard. Unfortunately, many people these days think that if you have to work really hard at something, it's not worth doing. Or, why work at all when you can be given handouts? The one thing with welfare....I see people at the supermarket using an EBT card (is that what it's called?) for food, yet cash for a carton of cigarettes and case of beer. Hmm....odd.

    As for your textbook, I hate when schools do that! Exclusive contract with the publisher allows them to rape you on price. I would check around campus and see if anyone has posted anything about selling a used book, or even online somewhere. It might not be terribly much cheaper, but every little bit counts!

  • scarletindurham Jul 14, 2010

    kikinc - It sounds like it -- I can't find the ISBN registered anywhere... it's probably another computer book with a Durham Tech cover on it! Seriously that is just wrong! An "Intro to Computers" course shouldn't even have a book. It should be paperless.

    I don't understand why Obama isn't doing garbage about the cost of education. I guess it is because in general, people on welfare do not care about it since an education can't just be handed to you. You have to work for it. I will be taking 17 credit hours this semester, plus my 40 hour a week insurance job, and I am the mom of a 4 year-old. I should not have to take out loans and be indebted to our corrupt government to pay for community college, considering they rape my paycheck every other week anyway - but again... no one cares about the rising cost of education. I would have to contribute about $400 a month to my daughter's college fund for the next 14 years in order to pay for her to go to a state school by the time she is 18.

  • kikinc Jul 14, 2010

    stephyruns-That's ridiculous! Is this a book that was published specifically for Durham Tech?

  • scarletindurham Jul 14, 2010

    It just so happens that I registered for some classes at Durham Tech today and got my book list. Along with the other overpriced books, I wanted to share with everyone the listing for a computer course I have registed for.

    PUBLISHER:Cengage Learning ISBN:9781111496517 NEW:$248.25 USED:$186.25

    Yes. That does say $186.25 USED. For a course called "Introduction to Computers". The course itself cost roughly $150 plus administrative fees.

    Seriously, even community college is for the rich.

  • kikinc Jul 14, 2010

    Apex-what I was saying is I didn't take a room and meal plan. I found off campus housing, which was actually cheaper. Meal plans are a HUGE waste of money. You never use all that you can, and, well, when I was in school, the food was so bad you went to the supermarket anyway! $7000 a year for tuition isn't all that unreasonable. It may just be that, if a student goes 4 years, that's $28000 for tuition and fees. I think my education is FAR more valuable than that, especially since that's less than my starting salary was. And I didn't get a full time job in my field until October 2008. And I got lucky with that one. Hiring freeze came in a month later.

    objectivescientist-I hear you! Looking back on it, I really wish I could have had it easier, but I definitely learned some lessons doing what I did that I wouldn't have learned otherwise.

  • changein2016please! Jul 14, 2010

    kinkinc, it's great you graduated at a time when jobs can be found. I am sorry, but if the average tuition is now around $3500 a semester (double that with room and meal plan), how can a student survive without working full time and trying to do class work. I don't think it is right to have to take out loan after loan to go to school. We have kids working for us in menial jobs with engineering and computer science degrees from NCSU who have been looking for over a year for a job and have started to have to pay back those loans. There is no reason to raise the tuition by 30%.

  • Tommylee Jul 14, 2010

    SHAME, SHAME, SHAME, SHAME,AND MORE SHAME ON NC. I will pay a lot more attention in the next election. I have two children in college and this increase means I will have to ask for a loan. BY the way, I don't give a hoot about what the other States charge.

  • Objective Scientist Jul 14, 2010

    To add to similar posts: when I went to "college" a number of years ago I came from a low-middle income family, very rural area, and a small high school: grades 9-12 ~100 students and a graduating class of 15. Valedictorian of my class - first in my family to attend college, I was told by "all" that I could definitely count on scholarship help. Although I applied for EVERYTHING I received nothing from scholarships ~ my family "made too much"? With parents help, working part-time during the week, "full-time" weekends, and some loans... I finished my BA. Went to Grad School - worked 32 hours from midnight Fridays to midnight Sundays and had an 8 AM class on Mondays. Also worked during the week officiating intramural sports. Would my grades for all degrees have been better if I did not have to work or work as much as I did - you bet! Would it have been "nice" not to have work so "hard" AND go to school? Absolutely! But I learned ALOT and as much "outside the classroom" as in it!