ECU Officials Look At Several Possible Tuition Hike Proposals

The East Carolina University Board of Trustees said during a telephone conference call meeting Monday afternoon that several tuition and fee increases proposals are under consideration.

The trustees reviewed three options - a 6.5% tuition increase, a 10% increase and a 12.5% increase, with 25% of the money going towards financial aide, and the rest towards faculty retention and curriculum needs.

The trustees also discussed a proposed surcharge to make up for past base-budge cuts, which would be included in the 10 and 12.5% tuition increases.

Chancellor Steve Ballard says, "Well, I think it's going to have a big impact no matter what we do. Students and parents will have to pay more, we know that. But if we don't ask for more money to make up just a small part of the money we made last year, then the quality of their experience goes down and I think the benefits they'd get from a great degree here at East Carolina would go down if we're not careful."

Ballard says the executive board will make its tuition increase recommendation to the trustees before they meet next Thursday and Friday. The trustees will then make their decision, which will be reviewed by the Board of Governors in February.


The East Carolina University Board of Trustees will meet Monday to discuss a possible tuition increase at the school.

Officials will hold a meeting to discuss tuition and fee increases for the 2012-13 school year. The fee hike would be between 6.5 to 12.5 percent. This could mean as much as a $400 increase for the upcoming academic year.

Tuition increases in the UNC system are capped at 6.5 percent, but a provision allows schools like ECU that cost less than comparable colleges to charge more.

No action by the Board is expected at this meeting. The Board is scheduled to approve tuition and fee recommendations at its regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 2.

Also on the agenda for the conference call is a brief update on athletics conferences.

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  • by figures on Nov 22, 2011 at 07:49 AM
    go old people get your money - pass all the debt to those who are least experienced, have less, etc. Sad that I can borrow money for a car at almost half the interest rate of my school loan. No biggy tough we dont want to lower the "experience" that only the chancellor and other high ups are having!
  • by it figures on Nov 22, 2011 at 07:43 AM
    great idea! pass it down to the young ones. us young people will never be able to dig out of this hole anyways. Hope the chancellor and all other milkers might as well live it up for us
  • by B on Nov 22, 2011 at 06:44 AM
    Cut From Top--Perhaps you need to get additional education, especially in the areas of spelling and grammar. If you have a dictionary in your home, look up how to spell "assistant," and "chief." In terms of grammar, correct usage requires the word "than," not "then" in the context of your sentence.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Nov 22, 2011 at 05:36 AM
    So they want to increase tuition for some aide. I sure hope it is an aide that uses the extra money for student aid - or maybe even something worthwhile.
  • by Sandy Location: NC on Nov 21, 2011 at 10:03 PM
    How many Billionaires never finished college? Bill Gates who else? Paul McCartney ? the list goes on.
  • by I got mine on Nov 21, 2011 at 09:04 PM
    First quarter in state tuition for the fall of 1974 was $273.00 including a dorm room.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 21, 2011 at 08:24 PM
    So what. Thin the herd. Let those willing to pay and work hard earn an advanced education. Those that aren't willing to invest in themselves and work to advance themselves can work at the local fast food joints.
  • by cutfromtop Location: gville on Nov 21, 2011 at 08:15 PM
    I fill that we should cut some fat from the top Ballard has four assitants and a cheif of staff that makes over 6 figures, professors are more important then four event planners and a over paid cheif of staff. Free house, free car, and making over 350,000 come on ECU lets think this through!!
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Nov 21, 2011 at 08:07 PM
    Go protest Wall Street CEO's not Obama caused inflation? LOL
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      by Barlow on Nov 22, 2011 at 05:21 AM in reply to Wolfgang
      A lot of the kids protesting are victims of the Bush "let the banks handle the student loans" program, with interest many times higher than the government used to provide loans for. That is why their debt is so high. The students would loved to have had interest rates only as high as inflation. And you know what? Now that Obama has the government making student loans again, those that get loans now will be paying about what the inflation rate is for interest on their loans. Thanks again, Mr. President.
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        by Check on Nov 22, 2011 at 05:50 AM in reply to Barlow
        Well maybe they should have thought to check over the terms of the loan before signing the contract.
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        by US-First on Nov 22, 2011 at 05:56 AM in reply to Barlow
        Do you even bother to check your facts before bellowing this stuff out your rear Barlow?? I was a pre-Bush student loan recipient. My unsubsidized federal Stafford loans carried an 8.9% interest rate. Yes Clinton was president! Two years after Bush came to office and pushed for competitive interest rates in student loans, those rates were dropped to 3.5% for students at that time. I unfortunately was stuck with 8.9% Clinton error student loan interest rates. Please do some homework Barlow!
  • by Momandstudent on Nov 21, 2011 at 07:11 PM
    I am a student at ECU, and my education is neither cheap or EZ. I do however think that the tuition hikes could be offset by the UNNECESSARY extras that are offered at ECU.

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