RALEIGH — The N.C. State University Board of Trustees approved tuition increases Friday of $290 per year for in-state students and $580 for out-of-state students.
The increases were recommended by Chancellor Randy Woodson, and must be approved by the UNC Board of Governors and the General Assembly before they take effect.
The increases were smaller than those suggested by a university tuition review committee composed of faculty, staff and students, and headed by Provost Warwick Arden and Student Body President Andy Walsh. That committee had recommended that Woodson raise tuition by $374 a year, or 6.5 percent, for in-state undergraduates and $748 for in-state graduate students and all out-of-state students.
The amount of financial support the university receives from the state has been cut repeatedly in recent years – though not for the current school year – and the Board of Governors has allowed the universities to make up some of the decline with higher tuition.
Woodson said it was important to hold down those increases as much as possible, though particularly given NCSU’s mission as a land grant university.
“We need to be careful to do all that we can to remain as affordable as is practical for our students and their families,” Woodson said in an interview. “We also need to send a message that we’re continuing to work on finding administrative cost savings so that we can wring as much as possible out of the budget we have.”
The increases the trustees approved represent a 5.1 percent increase for in-state undergraduates, 4.2 percent for in-state graduate students, and about 3.1 percent for out-of-state undergraduate and graduate students.
In-state undergraduate tuition would be $6,038 for the 2013-14 academic year, while in-state graduate tuition would be $7,173. Out-of-state undergraduate tuition would be $19,493, and out-of-state graduate students would pay $19,511.
Fees also would rise, by about $129 for all students. For undergraduates taking a full class load, that would bring the total to $2,168. Fees for full-time graduate students would be $2,179. Students pursuing fewer credit hours pay less in fees.
The board also approved even higher “premium tuition” increases for students in certain programs that are particularly costly to offer in the Poole College of Management, the College of Design and the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.
Premium tuition was approved for the graduate certificate in biosciences management in the College of Management and the master’s degree program in financial mathematics in the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. Some programs in the College of Design already charging premium tuition had those premiums increased.