UNC System Considers Tuition Increases

University of North Carolina leaders are beginning a process to determine whether students soon will pay more for tuition.

WRAL-TV reports that the Board of Governors of the UNC system meets Thursday in Chapel Hill to discuss exceptions to a 6.5 percent cap on annual tuition and fee increases. The 17-campus system lost almost 16 percent of its funding in the most recent state budget.

A special UNC-Chapel Hill task force is expected to vote sometime this month on a proposal to raise tuition and fees for in-state students by up to 40 percent. The increase would likely be spread over a few years.

The Board of Governors won't vote on any tuition proposals until after February. The schools, the Board of Governors and lawmakers must approve tuition increases.

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  • by REM Location: ENC on Nov 10, 2011 at 10:35 AM
  • by STEVEN CHESNUT Location: ROCKY MOUNT on Nov 10, 2011 at 10:23 AM
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      by saywha? on Nov 10, 2011 at 11:21 AM in reply to STEVEN CHESNUT
      Stevie, speaking of simple things, try not using all caps. That is a pretty simple thing to do. As for UNC playing hoops in San Diego, you need to realize that athletics are supported by private donations, $ allocated to schools from their conferences (from TV deals, etc.) and student fees... not state appropriations. So, when folks whine about college athletics or coaching salaries and state budgets, there is no connection. Now, I don't blame you for not knowing since faculty show, over and over, that they don't understand the different funding streams and they work on the campuses.
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        by REM on Nov 10, 2011 at 11:48 AM in reply to saywha?
        Yeah, student fees. ECU sent out a survey just last week asking about increases in fees. Sports accounted for almost half of those increases. Sports is held over academics, and that's a total shame.
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      by Votto on Nov 10, 2011 at 11:40 AM in reply to STEVEN CHESNUT
      You do realize that trips like that are not paid for by student tuition right? I mean thats common sense. They are paid for by the athletic department that makes millions and millions of dollars for the school and provides student athletes with scholarships and the chance to further their education. UNC can spend the money to go play on a carrier because of the amount of money just the basketball team alone produces in ticket sales, television and conference revenue, and merchandising. Athletic programs are paid for by the program itself, not by student tuition. Oh and they arent playing football, its a basketball game.
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        by REM on Nov 10, 2011 at 12:54 PM in reply to Votto
        I understand that the athletic departments bring in money to the school, but evidently not enough to create a surplus. If so, we wouldn't have fees associated with it. Your post isn't entirely accurate.
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          by Votto on Nov 10, 2011 at 01:41 PM in reply to REM
          You are talking about a minimal fee of no more than 100 dollars for most universities around here though. If the increase in tuition was only 100 dollars no one would really flip out about it, but when you are talking thousands of dollars it becomes an issue and this article states nothing about raising the tuition to help pay for athletic programs so its really not even a valid point to the topic at hand, just one brought up to have something to complain about.
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          by REM on Nov 10, 2011 at 02:52 PM in reply to REM
          LOL, maybe not it's not valid because YOU aren't the one having to pay it! I assure you, $100 tacked on to the cost of college (which rises every single semester) is tough on a student. Athletics should be funded with 100% private interest money; not mine. I go to the university to get an education, not play/watch football. It's completely out of hand, and should be addressed. An added fee of $100 is nothing to worry about? Are you crazy?
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          by Votto on Nov 11, 2011 at 06:28 AM in reply to REM
          First of all there are MANY students that do enjoy going to athletic events at school and would much rather pay a fee associated to that than to the on campus computer labs that some majors never utilize or the student health center fees that they pay and then never use. And I was an ECU student and I did pay those fees and you are spilting hairs over such a minimal percentage of the thousands of dollars that a student is charged that I think you are the crazy one. You realize that if tuition fees are eight grand that the one hundred dollars you are freaking out about is one total percent of that? And once again NOWHERE in the article does it state that the increase in fees would be going towards the athletic department. You are making up something to get bent out of shape about, it would be different if the title read, "possible tuition increase to help pay for athletic departments." And thats fine that you dont want to pay it but I assure you that you would be suprised by the number of students that have no problem with such a MINIMAL fee so that they can enjoy their college athletic programs.
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          by Votto on Nov 11, 2011 at 07:13 AM in reply to REM
          And once again the validity of it has NOTHING to do with me. No where in the article does it state that the increases are related to athletics. You are griping about something irrelevant to the article. Sorry you dont like organized sports but its time for you to get over it.
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          by REM on Nov 14, 2011 at 05:27 AM in reply to REM
          @Votto: If you we're so willingly ignorant, you would realize that I had already posted above that ECU already sent out an opinion survey about raising tuition. HALF of the increase went to SPORTS. Again, in a bad economy $100 dollars is a lot of money, and you are a total idiot if you think raising tuition so that people can get a free education (which a lot of them totally waste btw) just for tossing a ball around? And before you ask, no I'm not jealous. I decided not to pursue college sports because it would hinder my academics.
  • by Taxpayer2 Location: ENC on Nov 10, 2011 at 10:19 AM
    Why does it take 5 to 6 years now to get a 4 year university education? I would double the tuition on all students that have not earned a degree after 4 years. Stop Professors from requiring students buy the books written by the Prof that teaches the class. And that is just a start...
  • by nick Location: farmvegas on Nov 10, 2011 at 09:29 AM
    YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING!!! Ugh!!! We are going to be a nation where... uneducated over payed athletes reign supreme!
  • by Duke Fan on Nov 10, 2011 at 08:26 AM
    UNC needs to cut their sports budget and actually put their money on education.
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      by Tim on Nov 10, 2011 at 11:08 AM in reply to Duke Fan
      You should not worry about the Heels, you are about to get blasted by Barnes and Co.!!
  • by Gotta do it Location: NC on Nov 10, 2011 at 07:54 AM
    The feds and state are letting go with all these so called "grants" to unemployed for new trades etc. As in all business it gets passed on down to the final consumers. In the case of colleges that would be the "paying students". NOT the "place kickers" OH heck no! Can't do that! That poor fool can't even balance a checkbook let alone figure tuition rates for HIS free education.
  • by Proracer1949 Location: Greenville on Nov 10, 2011 at 07:53 AM
    This is why China, India,and Japan are so far ahead of our educational programs. If we offered lower cost education to the youth of this country some may not end up in prison or in gangs. Parents want what is best for their children or most parents do but raising rates for college now is a huge mistake.
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      by Anon on Nov 10, 2011 at 08:47 AM in reply to Proracer1949
      High school is already free and look at it. You have to be motivated to attend college. And that still will not keep kids out of gangs and jail. That starts at home. Go to a high school function and see who's parents show up. And I do not mean a game.
  • by Uncle Location: Eastern NC on Nov 10, 2011 at 07:50 AM
    So, the protestors are being paided by the remains of ACORN, coming out of these very universities... Liberals will protest companies and investors, but would never protest the very institutions that are making money off of them, teaching them useless information, then leaving then unemployable. Come on, if you are stupid enough to go $100,000 in debt getting a degree in Foreign Affairs, why complain when you have to pay it back? The financial aid system is not broken people, it is the cost of going to these universities. Do you think Democrats would ever say that?
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      by saywha? on Nov 10, 2011 at 08:56 AM in reply to Uncle
      I see someone has been watching too much Fox news. Please show me how it is mathematically possible for a student to run up a $100,000 bill attending one of the UNC system schools....or even half that amount. Guess what? You can't. The UNC system is considered the best bargain for students in the nation when comparing the quality of the education with the cost of attending. Those inflated numbers you are throwing out there are for private colleges.
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        by Votto on Nov 10, 2011 at 11:48 AM in reply to saywha?
        I agree that he has been watching too much fox news and is a right wing nut but at the same time I went to ECU for 4.5 years for nursing and am 50,000 in debt for school, so it is possible to run up a huge loan. I had a job too so that was only for board, textbooks, tuition, and a meal plan on campus, and extra activites that I did or bills I had came out of my pocket. It aint cheap.
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      by Tim on Nov 10, 2011 at 11:15 AM in reply to Uncle
      That is a rambling bunch of nonsense. So, you are really going to blame the students themselves for the high tuition rates (many of which rise WHILE a student is already enrolled) and Liberals. Enough of the politics. The fact is tution rates are already rediculous. Looks like you could have used some college education yourself. I bet you blame The Plague, jet noise, stubbing your toe, etc. on Liberals as well. Get a grip on reality.
  • by Sally Location: Greenville on Nov 10, 2011 at 07:37 AM
    Maybe before raising tuition the UNC system should do an exhaustive review of expenses and get rid of some of the duplicity and waste.
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      by saywha? on Nov 10, 2011 at 08:59 AM in reply to Sally
      Sally, you clearly have access to a computer so do a little research of your own as to how deep cuts have been at UNC system schools over the last 3 years. You'll find that hundreds of millions of dollars have been cut in that time and cuts that would affect students were held off on until this year when, with cuts up to almost 18%, non-tenured faculty had to be let go.
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Nov 10, 2011 at 07:07 AM
    There should not be a cap on the rate increase this year. The UNC system schools are some of the cheapest Universities in the US. Plus it is too easy to get admitted into some of the UNC schools now. It is time to weed out those who don't belong and help those who care about their education. I know this hurts those who cannot afford college but times are tough for everyone now and we cannot afford to let our universities hurt anymore.
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      by Votto on Nov 10, 2011 at 02:29 PM in reply to Anonymous
      You say that it is time to weed out those that dont care about their education and then go on to say that it hurts people in financial restraints. So what do you propose to do about the poor kids that truly want an education?
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