UNC Could Seek Maximum Tuition Rate Increase

A panel at North Carolina's flagship public university has recommended raising tuition the maximum 6.5 percent to dampen expected cuts by the Legislature.

The finance committee of the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees advised Wednesday the full board OK the increase to take effect next fall. The full board meets Thursday.

The proposal could raise undergraduate in-state tuition and fees by $360 to about $7,000 per year. Out-of-state rates could be $1,570 higher.

The 6.5 percent is the most a University of North Carolina campus can seek for in-state rates. The UNC Board of Governors would still have to sign off. Lawmakers could allow higher rates as they did this year, when UNC-Chapel Hill in-state tuition rose $950.

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  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Nov 18, 2010 at 08:09 AM
    Nearly half of the systems budget is spent in Chapel Hill alone. For a university that now has the 3rd largest undergrad population. Soon to be 4th after Charlotte gets a few more people. That is your waste. Also the notion that a Chancellor should only make $100,000 is laughable. These are the CEO's of the University and a quality Chancellor pays for itself. You are in competition with every other University for these top leaders. Ballard was instrumental in the Dental School, Family Practice Center, and Heart Center. No offense but the lower wage scale employees do not offer unique skill sets. No doubt that janitors, lawn workers, maintenance, and secretaries provide a valuable service but they are jobs that require minimal training and minimal education.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Nov 18, 2010 at 05:36 AM
    When I went to college you could work, get loans and grants to get you through. There were many of us from blue collar families getting educated. So much harder for a working class family or even a middle class family to send their kids to school now. Only the wealthy need apply
  • by TWO TIME ECU MOM Location: WNC on Nov 18, 2010 at 05:36 AM
    Okay legislatures that were voted in by their trusting citizens. Continue to do everything you can to make education harder and harder and soon almost unattaiable. That makes for a promising future forour contry. Who will be in a position to run this country when you are old and need rights for the elderly. Don't worry about your future you will have run this country down to the ground by that time. Good Lord son hurry and graduate before we have to sell the house and our bodies to pay for your tuition.
  • by Concerned on Nov 18, 2010 at 04:07 AM
    I think anyone making over 100K should take a pay cap at 100K, including the ECU Chancellor. Most employees are being paid minimal for what they do. How can tere be cuts occurring at ECU yet different departments are sitting on a mountain of money? Give employees something to be produ of and cap off the silly salaries.
  • by gvillebob Location: greenville, nc on Nov 17, 2010 at 08:01 PM
    These budget cuts (expected) are coming to ECU. They will raise tuition, not hire needed staff, not give raises, and maybe layoff. All the while, the faculty and higher administrators who make 100,000 salaries won’t be willing to take any type of pay cut. I’m all for entrepreneurs and hard workers making the money they earn but too many employees at ECU do the minimum and make out great. The lower scale employees (20-50,000) work their tail off for the university with nothing but more added to their plate.

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