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Task Force Recommends Tuition, Fee Increases

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Tuition is likely to rise next year 6.5 percent for in-state undergraduates and between 4.4 percent and 6.5 percent for out-of-state students under a recommendation from UNC’s Tuition and Fee Advisory Task Force.

The 6.5 figure is the limit; UNC System campuses are under orders from the UNC System Board of Governors to not exceed that percentage.

For a resident undergraduate, tuition in 2009-10 would go up $243 from the current $3,705 a year. Out-of-staters could see their tuition rise between $900 and $1,339 a year.

The task force, made up of students, faculty, administrators and trustees, cited the need to continue to raise faculty salaries and graduate student financial aid to remain competitive. While acknowledging the current financial strains on families, they said the University must stay ahead of inflation to maintain quality.

The task force also recommended a $75 increase in student fees, which would be a 4.4 percent increase from the current $1,692 a year.

The recommendations now go to Chancellor Holden Thorp ’86.

A summary of the increase recommendations shows the task force’s suggested option for Thorp:

  • Resident undergraduate: an increase of $240.82 (6.5 percent increase from the current $3,705);
  • Nonresident undergraduate: an increase of $900 to $1,339 (4.4 percent to 6.5 percent increase from the current $20,603);
  • Resident graduate: an increase of $325 to $500 (6.5 percent to 10 percent increase from the current $5,013); and
  • Nonresident graduate: an increase of $325 to $500 (1.7 percent to 2.6 percent increase from the current $19,411).

Last year, out-of-state tuition was raised by $1,250; in-staters saw no increase.


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