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UNC Governors Approve Tuition, Fee Hikes

Posted February 8, 2008

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— The University of North Carolina Board of Governors voted Friday to approve a tuition increase that averages 1.2 percent for in-state undergraduate students across the UNC system's 16 campuses.

Tuition at some schools, including UNC-Chapel Hill, will remain at current levels, while costs at other schools will increase more than the average.

The governors also approved an average 1.5 percent increase for out-of-state undergraduates as well as what a system spokeswoman characterized as "quite low" average increases for in-state and out-of-state graduate students.

Required fees will rise an average of 4.5 percent across the system. With that increase and the tuition increase, the system calculated that the average bill for an in-state undergraduate will be 2.1 percent higher for 2008-09.

At North Carolina State University, for example, tuition will go up 2.7 percent for in-state undergraduates. 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. Some said they can accept the 2.7 percent increase, however.

UNC System President Erskine Bowles said he was pleased with 1.2 percent for in-state undergrads.

"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 of the proposal the governors approved. "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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  • ncmom65 Feb 8, 2008

    The rate hike should have all gone to out of state students.....these kids that already pay enough for college.....I already pay enough in taxes and tuition, my kid didn't qualify for any financial help, all she got was a loan for a small fraction of the cost, I'm putting the rest out of my pocket....typical middle class....work overtime to make ends meet, then you just get to work more and more when the costs keep going up and up.....when does it end??

  • Here kitty kitty Feb 8, 2008

    Did they approve lowering their salaries about 25% to pay for it??

  • Phroge Feb 8, 2008

    Yippee-ki-yi! Now that the tuition hike is going through, lets make sure that all those responsible for making this happen all get healthy raises and bonuses! Good Job! You got more money for the schools! Why not spend it on yourselves?! After all, without your hard work, they schools wouldn't have all this new money coming in!

  • Dr. Dataclerk Feb 8, 2008

    Where is all this money going, for heaven sakes? These kids don't have much as it is. Well not until they graduate and can find a job in their field. What kind of jobs do the parents have? Or the parents even working because of layoff etc? How high in the stakes or the university going to go? A lot of families simply do not have that kind of money and they are certainly not making it.

  • Sarge Feb 8, 2008

    never mind, found it.

  • Sarge Feb 8, 2008

    where can you find out what other schools increased there tuition.

  • yruatwit Feb 8, 2008

    Show me the reasons that substantiate a tuition increase.

  • whatelseisnew Feb 8, 2008

    Why should they turn down an increase? They are feeding at the great trough of Government provided on the backs of the middle-class taxpayer.

  • Tidbit Feb 8, 2008

    Well.. like I didn't know this was coming. When have they ever Turned Down a tuition increase?????

  • whatelseisnew Feb 8, 2008

    Mr Bowles you are partially correct - the legislature is being generous with taxpayer dollars. The item missing from this article is, what is the increase that is going into affect in the tuition subsidy that the "Taxpayers" are providing? It would be pleasant to hear that it was reduced by 2.7 percent, but somehow I doubt that will be the case.