NCCU tuition and fees may rise

Trustees to weigh adjustments today

Staff WriterNovember 16, 2005 

N.C. Central University students could see their tuition bills go up $200 next fall if a proposal endorsed by a trustee committee Tuesday wins support of the full board today.

Students also might have to pay more for health care, athletics and technology. And, in some cases, student meal plans could go up by nearly $200, too.

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors outlined rough guidelines in October for tuition and fee increases across the 16-campus system. Under that recommendation, NCCU could have boosted rates by as much as $322, or nearly 10 percent of the $3,095 that in-state students currently pay annually for tuition and fees.

The proposed $200 tuition increase is expected to generate an additional $1.3 million that would be used for faculty salary increases and more student financial aid. The increase comes as enrollment is growing at the UNC system's historically black campuses.

NCCU officials say that as enrollment numbers rise, they want to be sure to have financial assistance available for needy students. In addition, university officials say they need more money to recruit and retain highly qualified faculty.

The NCCU trustees are scheduled to meet today in the William Jones Building on the Durham campus.

They also will consider proposed fee increases that include:

* A 10 percent increase in existing meal plans so students can eat at places on campus other than the dining hall.

* Pushing the athletics fee to $395 from $345, a boost that would help pay for a new marketing and fund-raising position that was added this year, for recruiting, for increasing student insurance packages and scholarship funds.

Staff writer Anne Blythe can be reached at 932-8741 or

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