ECU Trustees Approve Tuition Hike

College students at East Carolina will have to shell out more money for school, the question is how much more?

ECU trustees unanimously approved a rate increase of 3.6 percent Friday.

ECU says that would mean undergraduate tuition goes up $90 to $2,581 a year and fees up another $80.

But just how much tuition at ECU and other state universities will rise is still up in the air.

The General Assembly now has the power to authorize tuition hikes for all 16 universities, and lawmakers are proposing an eight percent hike amounting to $200 more a year.

University spokesman John Durham says UNC President Erskine Bowles will ask lawmakers to reverse that decision and let individual schools again make the decision on tuition hikes.

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  • by Bria Location: Rocky Mount, NC on Dec 7, 2009 at 06:05 AM
    How much does it cost for a dorm at ECU ?
  • by just saying Location: jacksonville on Nov 23, 2009 at 11:05 AM
    I also did a search titled "UNC budget outlook" and it came up with the website "". It shows that in 2008 UNC Chapel Hill received 22% of the state funding for the UNC system. NC STATE received 20% and ECU received 11%. Again, basically the same amount of students but a HUGE difference in money being sent to the schools. UNC received TWICE as much money than ECU with the same amount of students.
  • by just saying Location: jacksonville on Nov 23, 2009 at 10:05 AM
    Here is a quote from "The Daily Tarheel" dated November 23, 2009. "The UNC system receives the third-most research funding in the country among public university systems. That funding constitutes up to 15 percent of its annual operating budget." "More than 90 percent of the total funding goes to the system’s two main research universities — UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University, said Steven Leath, vice president of research for the UNC system. That’s up from about 80 percent in 2008."
  • by just saying Location: jacksonville on Nov 23, 2009 at 09:53 AM
    Also: with the new stimulus bill UNC received $79 million and NC STATE received $23 million. How much did ECU get? $4 million. Just as many students, but a lot less distribution of money to help them.(this info came from the daily reflector)
  • by just saying Location: jacksonville on Nov 21, 2009 at 06:52 PM
    To Earl: sorry for the late response. I just got back from the ECU game and am late in getting back to you. But to answer your question, there is a UNC Economic Impact study dated February 27, 2009 from Erskine Bowles. The pdf file is It basically gives private and federal funding for the UNC system for the fiscal year 2006-2007. I am only stating what the report gives on federal funding. UNC received $432,486,144. NC STATE received $102,802,578. ECU received $13,309,258. The entire UNC system received $705,947,211. UNC alone received 61% and they combined with NC STATE for 75%. ECU received .018%, not 18%, .018%. In 2007 UNC had 25,805 students, NC STATE had just over 30,000 and ECU had 25,990. Here are three schools with similar student bodies but a huge discrepancy in funding. We have twice as many students than UNC Wilmington and only received 1.3 million more than them from federal funding.
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Nov 20, 2009 at 08:04 PM
    ECU is much cheaper than UNC and NC State. The UNC Board of Trustees just past a 5.4% tuition increase for the 2009-2010 school year at UNC-Chapel Hill. However, given the quality of education, it is still a good value.
  • by southerngal Location: eastern nc on Nov 20, 2009 at 07:06 PM
    This does not make sense at all. The unemployment rate is still up and the housing market is still down, but yet lets raise tuition prices so people cant go to college. If these people had good sense they would be dangerous.
  • by Earl Location: Pitt County on Nov 20, 2009 at 03:47 PM
    Just Saying --Some actual facts/figures to back up your claims would be helpful.
  • by to Denise on Nov 20, 2009 at 01:45 PM
    if the cost is going up why are you glad your child has one more year? that make no sense
  • by Denise Location: New Bern on Nov 20, 2009 at 11:26 AM
    Lord Iam so glad my child has one more year at ECU please help us to get through it.Go pirates!
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