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Small Tuition Increase Proposed for UNC System

Posted February 7, 2008

— A University of North Carolina Board of Governors committee on Thursday proposed a tuition increase that would average 1.2 percent across the UNC system's 16 campuses.

Tuition at some schools, including UNC-Chapel Hill, would remain at current levels, while costs at other schools would increase more than the average under the plan, which will be presented to the full Board of Governors Friday morning for a vote.

At North Carolina State University, for example, tuition would go up 2.7 percent. N.C. State’s Tuition Advisory Council recommended a 6.5 percent increase for in-state undergraduates, but Chancellor James Oblinger said he wanted to limit any increase to 2.7 percent.

"We are conscientiously trying to manage costs and maintain the quality programs that we have," Oblinger said.

N.C. State students staged a sit-in at the committee meeting Thursday to protest rising tuition costs. But some said they could accept the 2.7 percent increase.

"It would really hurt the out-of-state students as well (if tuition was increased any higher)," student Josh Millbrook said. "A lot of students are paying on their own, so it'd be really tough for them."

UNC System President Erskine Bowles said he was pleased with the 1.2 percent proposal.

"That's terrific, you know, when you think that our inflationary costs are rising at a much higher rate than that," he said. "The only reason that we can keep tuition down to where we are keeping it is because we have a very generous legislature that provided us resources."

Tuition increases across the UNC system averaged 5.2 percent last year, down from the 12.1 percent average increase in 2006-07.

UNC-Chapel Hill students also were pleased with the idea of no tuition increase next year.

"I am very excited for my parents," student Jenny Scholl said with a laugh.

"That would be fantastic. I would really be happy about that," student Emma Horesovsky said. "I was at a private school, and one of the reasons I left is that tuition kept going up on me."


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  • tulips4445 Feb 8, 2008

    i knew it didn't factor in book, room and board. that price is really not bad especially compared to what i'm paying for a private university.

  • x Feb 7, 2008

    I've put 2 thru UNC system undergrad schools and currently have one in dental school. Spent pleanty of time shopping around and comparing what you get for the $$$. Without a doubt our system is the bargain for the east coast. My biggest complaint is that if these increases pass, our teams better be able to beat Duke. :-)

  • Phroge Feb 7, 2008

    Instead of raising the cost to go to school "an average of 1.2%", let's cut the huge salaries made by the non-teaching administrators. Why should we allow them to increase tuition, when they are going to turn around and hand out bonuses and increase those salaries? Non-teaching positions should only get bonuses when there is excess left in the buget. Saleries should only increase if workload or responsibilies increase with the exception being the occasional cost of living increase.

  • bcc Feb 7, 2008

    The UNC system is a bargain. Get over yourselves. You can't get a better education for the money anywhere else in the country. For those of you that didn't plan on paying for tuition when your children were born and didn't start saving, its your problem. I'm not well off by any stretch, but I've got my kids undergrad tuition covered through savings, and I have driven junky cars and made lots of other sacrifices to do it.

  • likemenow Feb 7, 2008

    2 things to consider....important or not, i don't know...is this tied to being able to provide illegal immigrants in-state tuition and 2: does the receent emphasis on comunity colleges have anythingto do with it..forgive the shaky grammar/spelling.....just a thought though....i've heard of high school students being abe to cmplete a substantial number of credits while in high school, through the community colleges..is this covered by high school fees or is it paid for by the student..community college is the best financial deal around for the first two years of college from what i've heard

  • likemenow Feb 7, 2008

    Here's a thought to ponder: With the amount of available financial aid increasing all the time, colleges will always increase their tuition...they alwasy have. There may not be a definite link between the two, but there is a strong relationhip.

  • NeverSurrender Feb 7, 2008

    "NeverSurrender, what program was that?"


    University of Central Florida - Orlando

    (Mind you, when I went there...the residency requirement was two years to get out of out-of-state tuition!)

  • SaveEnergyMan Feb 7, 2008

    The university has to cover the cost of running the place, which includes faculty, staff, buildings, energy, and the like. Money comes from two sources - the legislature provides most of it and then tuition/fees covers the rest.

    The costs of running a university are increasing. Particularly the cost of professors, where there is an arms race in some disciplines to pay the best professors to come teach or lose them to the competition. That drives up the cost of education. Energy and building cost increases don't help either.

    On the other hand, the portion provided by the General Assembly probably has not been increased much, or may have been cut in an effort to balance the budget - I'm not really sure here.

    The effect is that students have to pick up the difference and are financing the spending increases with their future earnings (through loans). This will only hurt the students down the road who now will be saddled with 30 year loan repayments.

  • BigUNCFan Feb 7, 2008

    And it's not just NC State that does this. In fact, I have not heard of any college that does not require some sort of pe class, whether your major is theater or mechanical engineering.

    actually, there are a few although I agree with the concept of keeping healthy. I have friends at UVA that do not have a PE requirement so they play intrmurals.

  • BigUNCFan Feb 7, 2008

    I have not followed recently but am curious to know if UNC still has the swim test. For a long time, every person at UNC had to be able to prove they could swim. Some waited until the last minute to knock it out and others did it right away but either way, no swim = no graduation.

    Not sure what they did with disabilities, etc. I am pretty sure there was a waiver.