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UNC trustees approve tuition increase

Posted November 20, 2008

— Trustees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Thursday approved the maximum allowable tuition increase for in-state undergraduates and smaller percentage increases for out-of-state students and graduate students.

North Carolina State University trustees also were considering a tuition increase Thursday.

Lean economic times have forced officials at the UNC system's 16 campuses to cut budgets by 4 to 5 percent in the current fiscal year that ends next June. The UNC Board of Governors passed a $3 billion budget for 2009-10 that sought the smallest increase in state funding in 20 years.

Tuition increases are one way to offset some of the reduced funding next year. But two years ago, the UNC Board of Governors capped any tuition increases at 6.5 percent.

UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp recommended a 6.5 percent tuition increase for in-state undergraduates, as well as a 4.4 percent increase in student fees.

Trustees approved Thorp's recommendations, adding $241 to tuition bills for in-state undergraduates, $1,339 for out-of-state undergraduates and $400 for graduate students.

N.C. State trustees were discussing a proposed 3.6 percent tuition increase and 6.3 percent rise in student fees – approximately $72. In-state undergraduates would pay about $140 more a year, and out-of-state students, about $582 more.

North Carolina Central University on Wednesday approved a 3.1 percent raise for undergraduates – or $69 – and 6.5 percent for graduate students. The university has not raised in-state undergraduate tuition for three years.

After the increases, in-state undergraduates would pay annual tuition rates of $3,946 at UNC, $3,997 at N.C. State and $2,287 at N.C. Central. Out-of-state undergraduates would pay $21,942 at UNC, $16,740 at N.C. State and $12,393 at N.C. Central.

Proposals from the universities must be approved by the system's Board of Governors, which will make its decisions early next year.


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  • foetine Nov 20, 2008

    once you figure in tuition, fees, books and room - NC State costs $16K a year for NC State. Sure that sounds like nothing, but it does cost money. And finding decent part-time jobs at that time are pretty bleak with the layoffs and cut backs. It's a burden. But that won't stop UNC from giving Butch Davis another million to make him stick around instead of running off to Tennessee.

  • methinkthis Nov 20, 2008

    Universities once again show that they are far removed from the real world. The credit market and the stock market are in a shambles and joblessness is increasing. Plants are laying off and closing. So the people that are suppose to be some of our brightest decide to require more money instead of cutting expenses to cover their full deficit. Before they raise tuition there should be salary cuts for tenured professors and administrators. Professors should be required to cover more classes so less staff is required. There are many things that should be done BEFORE increasing tuition and fees. Next with some students not able to cover the new rates and student loans limited, this same bunch will be back to the legislature for more money. Fantasy Land continues.... Memo to Universities, taxpayers do not have more money! Do more with less like we have to do!

  • jas1022 Nov 20, 2008

    4k for tuition and some of you are still moaning and groaning about free education? Geez, try forking out the 32k that it costs to go to some other schools within NC. Get a grip, if everything were free then everyone would be able to do it which would negate the prestige of a college undergrad (which isn't a whole lot anymore) , master's, and doctorate degree. Then again, if it were free, the ones complaining about going to school for free wouldn't even bother to go because they would come up with some other excuse as to why they couldn't go. Heck, if you want to go to school so bad, there are funds out there if you were that willing to go.

  • tiredofgovtwaste Nov 20, 2008

    this really just irks me. i voted for obama because i thought college was going to be free for people? why the need to raise tuition? i don't get it!
    Come now, did you really believe this? If this is the only reason people voted for him other than the one where they say they voted for him because he was black, then the increase is needed to improve the education in the area of common sense.

  • Fletcher Nov 20, 2008

    Hey, before they hit the families with more tuition increase, how about (OH MY GOSH, YOU CAN'T BE SERIOUS) cutting some of the HUGE $$$$$$$ THAT GO TO THE COACHES ON THE VARIOUS SPORTS TEAMS. All the way back, I was taught that institutes of HIGHER learning, was to increase ones knowledge, not to be a minor league for professional sports. The scholarships for the athletes, and the packages for coaches are off-the-wall. The biggest game (con-game) going in college, is if you don't give me a huge increase I will leave and go to another school. Lets start to do what the real world of business must do, lets talk about $$$$$$$$ cuts to these people.

    Eduardo: The majority of $ spent on salaries for coaches at NC public universities comes from private sources not taxpayer $. 100% of scholarship costs are raised thru the booster clubs -- Rams Club, Wolfpack Club, etc. not taxdpayer money.
    I agree that tution increases are absurd, but athletics are not to blame. Look somewhere else.

  • me2you Nov 20, 2008

    PROTEST, MARCH. I hope people will do something besides sound off in here. I can't believe the cost of college these days...glad I went 20 yrs ago.!

  • CrewMax Nov 20, 2008

    It is ot just Mary Easley's 88% payraise, apparently there are 41%
    pay raises to others. And this link list 15% raises that took effect just last September/October. Some of the raises put the salaried workers above the recomended pay level! All this is public information. Just go and look, and try not to throw up.


  • thomthom Nov 20, 2008

    I am sick of the only solution to economic hard times with government being raise tuition, raise taxes, raise fees. How about cut costs. Stop paying these college and athletic directors such exorbient salaries. Do college athletes need their own cafeteria with steak dinner every night. Stop the madness.

  • foetine Nov 20, 2008

    The price of UNC school system is out of control. When I graduated, the cost (including student fees) had doubled from my first semester. Remember that the cost of college also includes the money it costs to rent space in the area (which is also going up up up), feed yourself and the outrageous price of textbooks. The more UNC charges now, the more you get stuck on your college loan. More debt burden.

    Maybe if we didn't pay millions for football and basketball coaches, the savings could be used to keep costs down.

  • Ladybug Nov 20, 2008

    If the colleges (University System) need money then cut the pay of some of the Chancellors, etc. Don't punish the average Middle Class people for trying to get their kids an education. This is really poor timing with the Economy in such bad shape, companies cutting back or closing.

    I don't think Obama ever said anything about "Free Education".