Trustees OK tuition increases at UNC, N.C. State

Posted November 17, 2010
Updated November 19, 2010

— The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a 6.5 percent tuition increase for the 2011-12 school year.

The increase, which is the maximum allowed under university policy, still must be approved by the UNC Board of Governors and state lawmakers.

"It’s not our first choice of how to fund the university, but (it's) a better choice than giving up on what we spent 217 years building,” Chancellor Holden Thorp said Wednesday. "In order to maintain the quality of what we are doing, we need resources to handle the (anticipated state) cuts and maintain the work we are doing.”

The Board of Trustees at North Carolina State followed suit Friday, approving a $300-per-year tuition increase for in-state undergraduates and $600 for out-of-state undergraduates and all graduate students.

Under the UNC proposal, in-state undergraduates would have to pay an extra $313 per year, while out-of-state undergraduates would pay $1,523 more. In-state graduate students would see their tuition go up by $414 a year and out-of-state graduate students by $1,371.

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The additional tuition would generate about $15 million for UNC, which is about one-sixth of the cut in state funding the campus expects next year, officials said.

Forty-five percent of the additional revenue would be earmarked to provide financial aid to students, which Thorp said is critically needed.

"Not to be in a position to meet the all need would be very hard for us to handle," he said. "We've always been able to meet all that need, and the way we've set up this tuition increases is critically important to be able to do that."


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  • russdenney Nov 19, 2010


    Why can't you compare colleges between MA and NC? A prospective student has the option of attending school in either and working in either state when they graduate? The geographic issue isn't and issue at all.

  • carrboroyouth Nov 18, 2010

    Not again! :[

    How much do these trustees make a year, again?

  • ncguy Nov 18, 2010

    You cannot compare a school in Mass against a school in NC.

    The income for the same job in Mass is probably about 35 percent more because of the cost of living difference.

    It's time for the schools to have to put the same dollars into education as they do the sports. Say a big UNC booster gives the athletic department a 1 million dollar donation(sounds like a lot) but happens often- that should be split down the middle- half to education half to sports.

  • russdenney Nov 18, 2010


    "it is not the collective population's job to fund everyone's education"

    Have you ever taken Economics? Do you have a college degree? It most certainly is in the public's interest to educate its population. Education has positive impacts on things like job creation, productivity, lowering the crime rate, just to name a very few. I think you're missing the point all together. A HS diploma isn't going to cut it in this day and age. A HS grad doesn't have near the same opportunities as a college graduate...that's a statistical fact. So your statement of "I am all for public funding for K-12 to give everyone in life the same opportunities." doesn't make sense. A K-12 education gets you little better than a labor job or perhaps some trade, but it certainly doesn't give you the same opportunity as a college graduate. There are exceptions, of course, but you have to look at the statistical big picture.

  • russdenney Nov 18, 2010


    Without question there is a comparison between Boston College and UNC CH. One my be private and the other public; however, they are ranked the same. From a value standpoint, UNC is top-dog...this cannot be disputed. And I am saying that as a BC student!

    You all complain about the cost of tuition at UNC CH, but the community colleges here in MA (which are public) cost near the same as UNC CH and without the ranking to back it up.

    It does suck that the tuition is going up, but things have to be kept in perspective. UNC offers one of the finest educations this country has to offer for a fraction of the going rate of most, if not all, of its peers. UMass costs more than UNC and is a smuck school in comparison...

  • bluegrass Nov 17, 2010

    We would never consider eliminating useless degree programs to save money would we?

  • theradiator25 Nov 17, 2010

    When does Chapel Hill NOT consider tuition increases?

  • readme Nov 17, 2010

    This is fine by me. I am all for public funding for K-12 to give everyone in life the same opportunities. But when you talk college, it is not the collective population's job to fund everyone's education. Just remember if you pay less, the school doesn't get cheaper to run. It just means someone else pays for you.

  • ncwolf08 Nov 17, 2010

    Lets not be too hasty. You know they need the increase in revenue to pay Butch's severage package when the NCAA finally puts the hammer down and, of course, for new athletic tutors.

  • CarolinianByChoice Nov 17, 2010

    Okay this time I WILL whine! Come on, you just slammed us with a tuition increase THIS year. My son and I are already scrapping the bottom of the barrel already trying to pay for his education and keep things afloat! (And YES he works to help pay) $313 may not seem like much to you trustees but it could feed my family for at least 3 weeks!