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UNC Board of Governors Approves Tuition Hike

Posted February 9, 2007 6:38 a.m. EST
Updated February 9, 2007 5:31 p.m. EST

— 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.