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UNC Board of Governors Approves Tuition Hike

Posted February 9, 2007

— The University of North Carolina approved tuition and fee increases of as much as nearly 10 percent Friday for in-state students on its 16 campuses.

In October, the UNC Board of Governors agreed to limit tuition increases to 6.5 percent a year for the next four years for in-state undergraduates, but some fees were exempt from the cap, allowing the total increase to exceed the limit.

The yearly tuition and fees cost at North Carolina A&T State University increased 2.4 percent - the least of any school - to $3,429. Those costs rose 9.5 percent at East Carolina University to $4,181 and 9 percent at Western Carolina University to $3,950, the highest percentage increases of any schools in the system.

The UNC Board of Governors approved hikes of 6.9 percent at North Carolina State University to $5,002 and 6.2 percent, to $5,176, at UNC Chapel Hill.

Other increases included: Elizabeth City State, 5.2 percent to $4,184; Appalachian State, 5.2 percent to $4,184; and UNC Charlotte, 5.7 percent to $3,978.

The amounts don't include costs for room and board, books and other expenses.

The board also approved an increase of $1,250 for out-of-state students at UNC-Chapel Hill, where non-state residents will pay $20,824 in the 2007-08 school year, the most in the system for nonresidents.

Debt service fees ranged from $81 at North Carolina Central University to $452 at UNC-Wilmington, where the total tuition and fee bill rose 5.7 percent to $4,312.

The board, which usually meets in Chapel Hill, met Friday on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.

Also on Friday, the board elected a new chancellor for Winston-Salem State University. Donald J. Reaves, vice president for administration and chief financial officer at the University of Chicago since 2002, replaces Harold Martin, who left Winston-Salem last year to become senior vice president for academic affairs for the UNC system.

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  • superman Feb 10, 2007

    This may be a stupid question-- but where are the parents who have these kids that wanna go to college? They probably driving around Cary in their SUV's and Wakefield. Dang parents-- support yur kids and pay for their college.

  • Lit Feb 9, 2007

    ...A 6.2% tuition hike doesn't seem like much, but when you factor in the increasing costs of housing, books, random school fees (yeah they're increasing those too), it all adds up. Especially for students supporting themselves. Some of these politicians needed get out of "Capitol Land" and come back to reality.

  • umaoma1 Feb 9, 2007

    Looks like more students living on Ramen noodles next year.Best Effort Award goes to the group of students protesting the planned increase sans part of their clothes with signs saying "I sold my clothes to pay my tuition" Novel and attention getting.Too bad it wasn't heard by the right people.

  • Daria Feb 9, 2007

    I graduated in '94 and was able to attend State for the cost of 1 years' tuition under this plan. It is still a good value but we need to be careful about keeping costs down at least for in-state students. We also need to encourage the federal government to keep the interest rate down on student loans.

    Out-of-state students should pay their full share and should not be subsidized in anyway by the taxpayers.

  • Oh Smeg Feb 9, 2007

    Look at the gadgets and goodies on campus, the ipods, fancy cell phones, high-dollar laptops, expensive cars etc. The rise in tuition should just be a drop in the bucket.

  • wakeresident Feb 9, 2007

    Don't we have an "education" lottery? My sister lives in SC and she has a B average, and a 11something on her SATs (total combined, not just math and verbal), and she gets five grand a year to go to school. If she had better grades, she'd get like 7500 a year. What has our lottery funded? (I don't know, I'm asking).

  • Tarheeljunior Feb 9, 2007

    The students aren't making much of a fuss because the students have very little say in the matter. College tution inflation is a fact of life, and yes, North Carolina, and particularly UNC Chapel Hill are some of the best values for higher education. (UNC was natioanlly voted the best value in public university education for the sixth year in a row) As a student, I wish tution wouldn't keep going up, but I know I am still getting my money's worth. As far as scholarships are concerned nthomas, I resent that you suggest it is so simple. As a female who graduated at the top of her class in high school and applied for hundreds of thousands of dollars in various scholarships (recieving none that were applicable to the university of my choice), I can attest that scholarships are not readily availible to those how need or deserve it. I have peers working low income jobs and not going to college because there was no avenue for them to be able to finance a higher education.

  • superman Feb 9, 2007

    A couple suggestions, when parents drop out children -- they should think about how they going to provide for them. Give up one of your SUV's and save some money for them. Have them work in the summer and work part time jobs and save some of their momey for college. Work part time while u in college. Make good grades and get a schlorship. My daughter got married between her sophmore year. She got pregnant during her junior year. she had the baby, worked part time and graduated in 3 1/2 years of classes and graduated with honors. She only applied for one job and got it. She been working there part-time for about 10 years now. She is now a mother of 3 and has a great husband. "The best place to find a helping hand -- is at the end of your own elbow." Dont have more kids than you can pay for. It's that simple dude.

  • kaecee Feb 9, 2007

    The story stated that the students haven't made too much of a fuss about the tuition hike. I don't think they realize how much it will affect them in the future. When you are in college, you overlook the fact that the money you spend has to be paid back. I agree NC is the best buy for a education and a quality one at that, however, at the rate the tuition is increasing, who will be able to afford to send their child to college?

  • hail2opeth Feb 9, 2007

    Why should state money pay for such things? As much money as we give the federal government each year, it seems they should foot the bill for nearly everything, unless all that money is going to waste somewhere. =I