UNC Nears Vote On System-wide Tuition Increases

Leaders of the University of North Carolina system are close to voting on a proposal that would raise tuition and fees by more than $400 on average.

A board of governors committee that oversees budget and finance issues is scheduled to discuss the proposal Thursday in Chapel Hill ahead of a planned Friday vote by the board.

UNC System President Tom Ross is recommending increases that average nearly 9 percent, running from $199 at UNC-Pembroke to $676 at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Ross says the increases will only partly address the $414 million cut from the system's budget by lawmakers last year. The 16 university campuses and the School of Science and Math in Durham have eliminated more than 3,000 employees since then.

Students are planning demonstrations to protest the proposal Friday.

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The University of North Carolina is preparing to raise tuition and fees by about $470 next year for in-state undergraduates.

UNC-Greensboro sociology student Juan Miranda of Charlotte says he's struggling to pay for school, which is becoming more and more of a luxury unavailable to working families. He and other students are trying to organize a bus caravan for a march in Chapel Hill on Friday before university system trustees vote.

An undergraduate student who is a North Carolina resident pays an average tuition and fees of nearly $5,300. The College Board reports that's nearly $3,000 less than the national average.

UNC System President Tom Ross is recommending raising tuition and fees by an average of 9 percent when the new academic year starts in August.

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  • by Annie on Feb 9, 2012 at 08:08 AM
    Go ahead and vote. The results. College becomes unaffordable for the truly decicated hardworking already struggling but willing. More student loans making students graduate in dbt with loans that burden them for a very long time. More grants that have got to be paid by alread struggling tax payers that could not see their way financially to go to college. OR don't increase tution. Cut support staff/classes and programs. College professors will have to work arder and maybe for less money or no raises or they will wok somewhere else. If college is made more unaffordable there will be less students, less tution and less staff/classes will be needed. Either way just like the current way of the state. Going down, down, down.
  • by Al Again on Feb 9, 2012 at 07:56 AM
    To Business Owner: I do agree with you. My situation is the same as yours. However that is not the case anymore. In today's society it doesn't matter if you have experience dor not or even have common sense. The diploma laden applicant will get chosen over the more "seasoned", experienced and ususally more qualified applicant. Partly because it is the young "educated" in the hiring positions. I do not mean to make light of higher education. But one mold does not fit all. Service providers/laborers are just as much needed. I hardly think a college graduate would accept a labor position. An someone has to help us with our plumbing, electrical, roads, bridges etc. Our criminal/prisoners are way to special to assist with that. They have more "rights" and privaleges than the hard working law abiding citizens.
  • by Business Owner on Feb 9, 2012 at 05:53 AM
    I don't know why people think you have to go and spend 30,000 a year for 4-6 years at a University in order to be successful. College is nothing but a waste of time of money unless your going into the Medical field or something. All you need to be successful is drive and determination. When I finished High School I was determined that I was going to start my own small business and that I did. People I graduated with, some went to College. I had my own house before they finished their first year in College. I was making more money in one year than they were paying the whole 4 years they were going to College. Most of them rigtt now til this day still don't even make 40percent of what I make and they have College degrees and I just have a High School Diploma. College is one of the biggest conspiricies in America. PARENTS: Instead of teaching your children, teach them how to be entrepeneurs and how to own their own business and stop being sheep!
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      by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2012 at 06:26 AM in reply to Business Owner
      Amen! I live just fine off of a high school diploma. If you have drive and a desire to make it, you can.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2012 at 07:02 AM in reply to Business Owner
      So my 5 years getting my engineering degree is a waste? Get a life. Most people who can't get a job after college just get a degree and expect a job. Most of the degrees aren't even that valuable. You get A LOT out of college (internships, research, TA positions, etc), but its up to you to make the most out of it. Just because your siblings don't make more than you doesn't mean anything.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2012 at 05:42 AM
    Wow and the drama builds...will they or won't they approve the increase? If anyone doesn't already know the answer you must be pretty shallow in your thinking.
  • by Sam Location: ENC on Feb 6, 2012 at 06:08 AM
    This is a relevant observation in light of the comments made by President Obama stating that he would be asking universities to stop the escalating level of tuition increases.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 6, 2012 at 04:48 AM
    Even with the tuition hikes college is cheaper in NC than in most states.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2012 at 06:15 AM in reply to
      so is Cost of Living... maybe they should raise that too..
  • by Tarzan Location: The Jungle on Feb 5, 2012 at 09:54 PM
    How is this a shock. Most colleges are run by liberals and liberals are all about adding more and more taxes. It is not called a tax increase but thats what it is.
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      by Dark Horse on Feb 6, 2012 at 06:00 AM in reply to Tarzan
      Remember, the legislature cut funding by 17% to the UNC system. Where do you think the UNC system will recover those costs? From the students. Thanks conservatives.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2012 at 11:00 AM in reply to Dark Horse
        What the UNC system should do is have the professors teach more classes. Some of them only teach two or three courses each semester.
  • by Steve Location: Ayden on Feb 5, 2012 at 07:26 PM
    Don't like the cost.....don't go. It is that simple. But if you are really concerned about the money spent. Travel to Chapel Hill and look at the millions of contruction projects that never seem to end but their enrollment is stable. They get more than any other school in the state by several hundred million but have over $3 billion in the bank!!
  • by Turf Man Location: BOCO on Feb 5, 2012 at 05:18 PM
    A 4-yr degree is not worth the cost unless you are needing a license such as teaching, law, nursing, medicine, and teaching is definitely not worth the price of a 4-year degree if all you want is to find a job to make money. Teaching is now for those who want to teach. I can mow grass 8 months a year, buy medical insurance and contribute to an IRA and clear more than a teacher who works all year.
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      by Business Owner on Feb 9, 2012 at 05:56 AM in reply to Turf Man
      That's exactly right. College is nothing more than a huge money racquet. High Schools should be teaching students how to be business owners and how to make their own money instead of teaching them to go and spend 30,000 a year for 4 years just to graduate and go work for someone else. It's amazing.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Feb 5, 2012 at 05:02 PM
    It seems that the national adverage for a student in K thru 12 grade is about 6 to 7k per year (paid by the tax payer). One of the advantages of a college education is the increase in earning power, are you not willing to pay for this cost (remember, your high school education was paid by the tax payer)since you are the one that will benifit? Or do you still expect the tax payer to pick up the bill? My utilities, gasoline,food, medicine, medical care, you name it, its gone up in price. Now where do I go to protest the high cost of living expenses. If my college were to increase 9% I would find a way to pay.
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