UNC System President Recommends 8.8% Increase

The president of the 16-campus University of North Carolina system is recommending tuition and fee increases that would average about $470, or 8.8 percent, for the next school year.

President Tom Ross made his recommendations in a letter to the UNC Board of Governors released Wednesday. The board will vote on the recommendations at its Feb. 10 meeting.

Ross wants tuition increases to be under 10 percent at every school in the system. Seven schools, including North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, had requested increases above that level.

Ross says he wants to balance the need to make up for reduced state funding with the ability of families to afford higher costs.

The recommendations also call for increases in the following school year.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2012 at 05:43 PM
    Obviously he did not watch the state of the union address last night.
  • by WhyILoveobama on Jan 25, 2012 at 02:59 PM
    This is almost as bad as my health care premiums going up!
  • by Ricky Location: Goldsboro on Jan 25, 2012 at 02:43 PM
    Well it's simple. Tuition will always go up as long as people are willing to pay for it. Most of the kids that go to UNC, their parents got plenty of money so why not raise the tuition and get more money from them? These are the free markets at work. All your doing is paying the salaries of College Professors and new million dollor facilities they want to build.
  • by The Original ENC Location: enc on Jan 25, 2012 at 12:19 PM
    Why? Everything is online, classes are still pretty much the same. To pay for professors/staff bloated pay and retirement?
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Jan 25, 2012 at 11:55 AM
    If you do not want to pay the price don't go to college!! It is that simple. Quit your whining because you think something should be free or cheaper than what you want to pay. It is either worth the cost or not.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2012 at 11:33 AM
    Mmmm, 8.8% increase. I propose and recommend a 17.6% minimum salary cut. One of the problems with this picture and it is in all universities is there are way too many overpaid chiefs and not enough decently paid indians. Oh, and I approve of this message.
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      by Bubba on Jan 25, 2012 at 01:14 PM in reply to
      Yeah... the 50k or 60k a year for a Professor is too much. They should be making minimum wage cause they don't make anything... or sell anything...
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        by ? on Jan 28, 2012 at 02:48 PM in reply to Bubba
        Sounds like you got an education from someone that was paid minimum wage. Professors earn their money because they worked hard and got a masters or doctorate degree and are EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN THAT WILL BE LOOKING FOR JOBS IN THE FUTURE SO THEY WILL NOT HAVE TO BE ON WELFARE. They write journals, books and do research to continue to help make our lives better. The people who hold jobs such as teachers, health care workers should make more money than someone that makes something, they are highly educated. Just because they do not make something does not mean they do not do something that is just as tangible.
  • by Melvin Location: Jacksonville on Jan 25, 2012 at 10:46 AM
    Tax payers and students cannot afford an increase right now. One of two things need to happen. Administrators need to find areas to cut back, and there is no such thing as, "We can't cut anymore," or reduce faculty, and administrators pay and expense accounts. The funds are out there, but due to poor management, the money is just being burned frivolous expenditures.
  • by Nerd Burfel Location: Tick Bite on Jan 25, 2012 at 10:37 AM
    Cut the required $450 athletic fee first. If a student wants to use the athletic facilities, they should pay a user fee.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2012 at 10:23 AM
    Evidently this guy didn't hear the Obama's speech last night....."warning universities they will lose federal aid if they don't stop tuition from soaring." Or he heard it and is saying I'll show you who runs my campuses. Guys like this need a real attitude adjustment.
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      by LOL on Jan 25, 2012 at 11:22 AM in reply to
      I am sure he heard the speech but since it was nothing but a re-election campaign speech, we all know not to believe a word of it. Obama did not fulfill his promises last go-round, why would anybody with any common sense believe he would fulfill them this time?
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        by Dalphine on Jan 25, 2012 at 11:57 AM in reply to LOL
        The GOP has bucked everything President Obama has tried to do including the jobs bill. The GOP does not have anyone running for President that is qualified to be President and Republicans look out for the rich and they pay less taxes than the middle-class. Something is wrong with their picture. President Obama will win in November
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          by LOL on Jan 25, 2012 at 12:08 PM in reply to Dalphine
          I see another uninformed voter here in Dalphine. Obama is done. This "president" (I use that term lightly) had full control for two years and all he did was pass a midnight health care sham that the largest majority of americans do not want. The House has had bills sitting in the senate for months that Harry Reid will not even read let alone put to a vote. It is the same old story with the democrats - make things worse and blame everybody else for your failures. Obama was never qualified to begin with, the media and ACORN put him in office with their lies and voter fraud. The Jobs bill was nothing but another stimulus, trying to create temporary government jobs on the taxpayer dollar and put us even further in debt. Something is definately wrong with this picture and that is the lying democrats and media. Every one of the republican candidates are more qualified than Obama and one of them will take the oath of office in 2013, count on it!!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2012 at 10:22 AM
    An 8.8% across the board salary cut might balance the budget as well.
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      by NC_Dave on Jan 25, 2012 at 11:16 AM in reply to
      When budgets are cut, the people at the top keep their jobs.
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