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Committee approves tuition hikes at UNC campuses

Posted February 10, 2011

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— The University of North Carolina Board of Governors’ Finance and Budget Committee on Thursday approved recommendations to increase in-state tuition for undergraduates at public universities across the state.

The recommendations now go to the full Board, which will vote Friday. If approved, state lawmakers must give final approval.

Thirteen campuses, including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, East Carolina University and Fayetteville State, are seeking the maximum possible tuition increase of 6.5 percent.

Other universities are also asking for big increases. North Carolina State University wants a 6.2 percent hike, and North Carolina Central University is asking for a 5 percent increase.

That will mean an extra $313 on top of this year's undergraduate tuition of $4,800 at UNC-Chapel Hill, and an extra $170 for the North Carolina A&T State University undergraduate now paying $2,600.

Some campuses decided to spread out special increases that kicked in last year, meaning double-digit increases this fall.

The proposed increases come as the state tackles reducing spending by billions of dollars to make up for a projected budget shortfall.

On Wednesday, Gov. Bev Perdue announced that the deficit is about $1 billion less than the initially expected $3.7 billion.

UNC System President Tom Ross said Thursday that it's too early to tell what the new projection could mean for the system.

"I suspect that we are still going to see substantial cuts at the university level, and we are hopeful that we can avoid permanent damage.”

Campuses have already looked at ways to cut spending after Perdue instructed administrators to prepare for budget cuts of 5 to 10 percent, and they have asked for the increases to help offset the state cuts.

University leaders have warned that additional cuts will affect the quality of academics.

What is still unclear is if additional money from the tuition increases will be returned to the campuses. North Carolina lawmakers could decide to put that back into the state’s General Fund.

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  • me2you Feb 11, 2011

    Yep...economy is bad..so raise fees...makes sense to me...big dummies!

  • redwolfone Feb 10, 2011

    It appears that some on this site do not understand that these schools are supported by the tax payer and they collect tuition. They are a "good deal" because they are supported by the state. The problem here is the rate of increase is higher than the rate of inflation, WHY! It has been this way for the last decade, and they still do not have enough money. Time for an audit!

  • redwolfone Feb 10, 2011

    Why does tuition out grow the rate of inflation every @#$^ YEAR? My income never goes up this much in a year. How do they expect the avarage citizen to send their kids to a university, when they can't afford it. Let alone the fact the degrees they are giving out will not pay for themselves. The era of the big university is coming to an end. The tech schools will take their place.

  • ncspamfish Feb 10, 2011

    jason.........not doing their jobs means not getting the cuts done that are required to support balancing the budget. instead the "powers that be" in the university setting are raising tuition as a challege.......kind of daring others to do what they have not done............make the necessary cuts.

    chip on my shoulder???..........dang right, i m a taxpayer!!!

  • tiredoftheignorance Feb 10, 2011

    Funny...a tuition increase? After they built a multi-million dollar addition to the stadium? (www.newkenan.com) It's sad when academics takes a back seat to sports.
    -citizensoldier16

    A) This is not just for UNC-CH
    B) Athletics are funded in large part by booster organization such as the Rams Club or Wolfpack Club. Also, without athletics, Universities would not get multi-million dollar television and media contracts (money is distributed to non-athletic parts of University). By cutting athletics, you would eliminate the appeal for a great majority of students and private financial supporters.

  • batcave Feb 10, 2011

    the board is appointed by the G A, for a 4 year term

  • deputydog1296 Feb 10, 2011

    Its a shame, all the University is concerned about is their bottom line. They need to take into consideration the Economy...

  • jason19 Feb 10, 2011

    "its clear to me that government and the university crowd are NOT doing their jobs. those rate hikes are unconscionable. a rollback to something more in line with inflation in general is the only change acceptable."

    Sorry, but this factually incorrect. First, other states have *already* seen massive tuition hikes. Second, how in the world are you correlating tuition hikes to people not doing their jobs? You sound like you have a chip on your shoulder. If you want a government job because they are so lavish, *go get one*. Nobody is stopping you.

  • MakoII Feb 10, 2011

    BTW, putting rate increases into the general fund is a tax on the college bound students. Terrible idea.

  • MakoII Feb 10, 2011

    UCLA charges for instate tuition in the low 20k. Out of state tuition for UCLA is at the DUKE University Level.

    But then again, so is the standard of living in NC. These schools are trying to charge CA and NY rates for a much lower standard of living.

    Where's the audit? I'm sure we'll find a lot more pork projects and graft a la Mrs. Easly.

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