ECU Students Sign Petition Against Tuition Hike

By: April Davis/ Hilary Magacs
By: April Davis/ Hilary Magacs

A week after East Carolina University trustees voted to recommend a tuition increase for the next school year, students who disagree with the possible hike are taking action.

Students are signing a petition against the increase, organized by ECU junior Jonathan Yelverton. Yelverton says he's planning to send the petition to the UNC Board of Governors to showcase how many people are against the tuition hike.

Last Friday, ECU trustees voted to recommend a 9.5% tuition increase for in-state undergrads and a 9.9% increase for out-of-staters and all graduate students. It breaks down to about $500 dollars more for in-state undergrads and more than $1700 more for out-of-state students. Yelverton says he's hoping people will also send letters to the board of governors.

"That's what these people up in the government and these board of governors and these trustees and the administration- they respond to personal letters, and that's what I'm trying to bring awareness to here today. I want every student to know that," said Yelverton.

The board of governors is scheduled to review and vote on the tuition increase in February, followed by the general assembly.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2012 at 05:44 AM
    lol sign all the petitions you want! it is a "done deal" the tution will go up.
  • by Steve Location: Ayden on Dec 11, 2011 at 08:22 PM
    Don't like the cost.....don't go!! If you think it is worth your time to go then it is worth your money.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Dec 11, 2011 at 10:59 AM
    Since when has a petition by ECU students changed the price of tuition? Just go somewhere else; you'll be able to concentrate on your studies in a safer environment. Try Appalachian State, Lees McRae, Campbell, or Meridith for quality. Maybe even UNC-Greensboro.
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      by Amy on Dec 11, 2011 at 03:38 PM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
      Lee's Mcrae also has a pet-friendly dorm on campus for all of the pet lovers out there.
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Dec 29, 2011 at 06:27 PM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
      I went to UNC-Greensboro for theater and it was simply magnificent!
  • by tuition on Dec 10, 2011 at 12:34 PM
    I am white and I applied for financial aid and received only loans my friend who is black and has bad grades, almost got a full scholarship... Tell me why??
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      by 40some on Dec 10, 2011 at 08:29 PM in reply to tuition
      The UNCF...Because a mind is a terrible thing to waste.
  • by ECU Prof Location: Greenville on Dec 10, 2011 at 12:11 PM
    If people don't like tuition increases then they should petition the state and federal government to stop cutting funding for education. Approximately 80% of the cost of each ECU student's education comes from state and federal funds. Departments at ECU already had to trim the fat last year and any further cuts will likely have a severe impact on the quality of education that students receive.
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      by LMAO on Dec 11, 2011 at 10:52 AM in reply to ECU Prof
      As a graduate from ECU and former educator, I would like to point out the "quality" of education in this state and country is already laughable. The diploma mills we call schools today are far from centers of learning.
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        by ECU Prof on Dec 12, 2011 at 03:55 AM in reply to LMAO
        @LMAO: Do you have any data to support that assertion? The sixty-six students who are about to sweat through my challenging cumulative final exam this morning would probably disagree with you. When exactly do you think that ECU stopped being a "center of learning"?
  • by ECUGrad Location: Greenville, NC on Dec 10, 2011 at 11:47 AM
    To LMAO: Petitions are used everywhere as a way to get the attention of people who are above you that would never hear your case otherwise. These students are doing a good thing by speaking up for themselves, I applaud them. My parents paid for college so I don't have any student loans to pay but that increase was unecessary. ECU wastes money and uses it for things that aren't of any importance. You are an individual that really needs to consider the financial issues of other people besides yourself. Granted ECU and other schools will do this and so will our government but who says its right? It's wrong and puts people in a deeper state of financial issues and stress when all they are trying to do is pay their butts off for an education that they likely won't even get a good job right off the bat for pursuing. Grow a heart and even more, a brain would do you well.
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      by LMAO on Dec 11, 2011 at 10:59 AM in reply to ECUGrad
      ECUGrad, are you truly that this naive? I guess when mommy and daddy pay for everything you truly have no clue how the rest of the world lives. Petitions are a joke. They rarely accomplish anything other than making the people you want to listen to you chuckle. Much like the OWS movement nothing will come of it. As to the consideration of others financial situations, they are not my concern and are irrelevant. If it is such a burden, I stand by my assertion to go somewhere cheaper (wait, isn't ECU still one of the cheapest places in the state to become a livelong slave to student loans) or persuade prospective students to go elsewhere. The powers that be will never listen until the money stops flowing in. Perhaps, if you lived in the real world you would understand that, though with your shiny ECU education I am doubtful.
  • by Helen Location: Greenville on Dec 10, 2011 at 10:32 AM
    Institutions may be the worst for financial abuse, waste, fraud, misappropriations and management of funds. Imo, ECU students are wasting their time trying to enlist folks to sign a petition. You cannot beat the President, BOG, BOT, & Chancellors of the university system. Give it up and pay up.
  • by Alexis Location: ECU on Dec 10, 2011 at 10:16 AM
    One small example of wasted student fee money is a drag queen contest every year, as well as a Gay and Lesbian staffed center.
  • by LMAO on Dec 10, 2011 at 08:49 AM
    A petition? Really? This has to be the most ridiculous thing I have read on this site. Has the education provided by ECU slipped so far that these young naive minds think their petition will do anything beyond make the Board of Trustees laugh and make fun of them? Pathetic. Next they will be trying an Occupy ECU protest. It is obvious Americans have no clue about how to force change. They don't like the increase, transfer. If the school sees a mass exodus of students over the tuition increase and a drop in new enrollment, then you will see change. Until then, prepare to have your wallet drained in the name of higher education. Education debt in this country is just a modern form of indentured servitude. Get used to it.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 10, 2011 at 11:38 AM in reply to LMAO
      LMAO... exactly !!!!!! you hit the nail on the head.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Dec 11, 2011 at 11:00 AM in reply to LMAO
      Agree.
  • by Bob on Dec 10, 2011 at 07:03 AM
    Why can't they just cut the school employeed wages by 9.5%???? There are too many professors/assistant professors making waay too much money at ECU, over $150K per year...
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      by Anonymous on Dec 10, 2011 at 11:36 AM in reply to Bob
      This is the liberal way ! They want you on welfare while they make huge bucks. LOL Keep voting obama and his kind into office. Most all of these big universities are liberals, brainwashing our kids with their liberal philosophies. If students would STOP applying for these schools, they would have to lower their tuition rates and cut those professors pay.
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