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Campuses eye tuition increases

Posted November 19, 2008

— Trustees at North Carolina Central University on Wednesday approved a tuition increase for next fall, and the boards of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University are discussing proposed increases.

Any increases must be approved the by UNC Board of Governors, which last year voted against raising tuition.

The governors last week approved a $3 billion budget that sought the smallest increase in state funding in 20 years. Officials at the UNC system's 16 campuses have been cutting budgets by 4 to 5 percent, and raising tuition would help them offset some of that lost funding.

N.C. Central trustees approved raising tuition by 3.1 percent for all undergraduates and 6.5 percent for all graduate students. The campus hasn't raised undergraduate tuition in three years, officials said.

The in-state undergraduate tuition would go from $2,153 to $2,220 under the proposal.

UNC-Chapel Hill trustees met Wednesday to discuss Chancellor Holden Thorp's recommendation for a 6.5 percent increase – the maximum allowed under a state cap imposed two years ago – for in-state undergraduates next year and smaller relative increases for out-of-state and graduate students.

The increase would add $240 to the tuition bill for an in-state undergraduate, to $3,945. Tuition would go up $1,150 for out-of-state undergraduates and $400 for all graduate students under the proposal,. Thorp said each of those amounts was the middle recommendation that an advisory committee presented to him.

The Chapel Hill trustees were considering a 4.4 percent increase in student fees.

Thorp said 35 percent of the additional tuition revenue would be earmarked for student financial aid, and another 35 percent would go to increase faculty salaries. The remaining 30 percent would go to instructional services and academic support.

North Carolina State University trustees were scheduled to discuss a proposed 3.6 percent increase on Thursday, as well as a 6.3 percent increase in student fees.


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  • toobad Nov 19, 2008

    Why should 35% of a tuition increase go to finacial aid? Increases in tuition only affects the ones that are paying tuition. Maybe I should quit my job, set back and watch tv and collect all the free money to send my child to college.

  • daMoFo Nov 19, 2008

    Cut salaries by 50% and they will go somewhere else. Then the college students can come to your house and you can teach them.

  • doggie Nov 19, 2008

    What a great time to raise tuition - when our 529 plans are worth half of what they were last year at this time! Thank you UNC system for stomping us when we're down.

  • SaveEnergyMan Nov 19, 2008

    Cutting faculty salaries will certainly cause them to go elsewhere - like back into industry. Then college will be taught by more grad students who don't speak English very well. Faculty often make less at a college than in industry, where with a PhD and 20 or more years experience their salaries can and ought to be six figures. Cutting at the administrative level (above the department level) is where the fat is. Also, there are a lot of useless programs that could be cut.

  • tobis19341 Nov 19, 2008

    how about we stop admitting and giving financial aid to any idiot that they accept. college is not and should not be for everyone. if you are smart enough to get into college, then you should be smart enough to get some scholarships

  • whatelseisnew Nov 19, 2008

    What a clueless bunch. They need to cut salaries by 50 percent. They need to eliminate financial aid. I hope the State cuts all funding to the University System by at least 50 percent. If they do not like the new pay structure they can go somewhere else.