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UNC governors approve tuition increases

The UNC Board of Governors approved tuition and fee increases Friday that will average 4.3 percent for in-state undergraduates across the university system’s campuses.

That brings the average cost to $6,448.88 per year for North Carolina residents.

The average tuition and fee increase for out-of-state students will be 2.9 percent – bringing the cost to an average of $20,397.72.

The following year, tuition and fee increases would be 3.7 percent for in-state students and 2.7 percent for out-of-state students.

The bulk of the money the increases bring in will go to faculty salaries.

The tuition increase vote was 18-9, an unusual split for the group.

Budget and finance committee chairman Harry Smith said he wasn’t happy with the size of increase requests from several campuses, but ended up supporting them because he trusts the leaders in place at the universities.

Members who voted against the increase proposals cited the steadily rising costs of attending universities. Board member Roger Aiken called the rate of tuition and fee increases “unsustainable.”

Board member Champ Mitchell also called the steady increases a threat to the system. “The greatest risk to this university is when we separate ourselves from the people,” he said.

The vote came as the 32-member board met in Charlotte for the first time since 1972, on the campus of UNC Charlotte.

The increases include a new $30 campus security fee that met with some hesitation but was vigorously advocated for by system President Tom Ross and chancellors.

That fee met with some disagreement by board members who thought security should not be funded by a separate fee.

“I think this is a basic service we should be providing to our students,” board member Marty Kotis said. For example, he said, campuses don’t charge students an air-conditioning fee.

The money will be used to hire investigators and support pay for campus police officers, among other things.

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Tuition on the rise

Figures represent total tuition and fees for N.C. resident undergraduate students in general programs.

N.C. State University

2014-15: $8,133.42

2015-16: $8,406.88

2016-17: $8,650.96

UNC-Chapel Hill

2014-15: $8,106.84

2015-16: $8,334.19

2016-17: $8,566.16

East Carolina University

2014-15: $5,984

2015-16: $6,421

2016-17: $6,837

N.C. A&T State University

2014-15: $5,535.17

2015-16: $5,865.17

2016-17: $6,215.17

UNC Charlotte

2014-15: $6,179

2015-16: $6,414

2016-17: $6,627

UNC Greensboro

2014-15: $6,385

2015-16: $6,674

2016-17: $6,970

Appalachian State University

2014-15: $6,438

2015-16: $6,719

2016-17: $6,991

Fayetteville State University

2014-15: $4,629.76

2015-16: $4,859.76

2016-17: $5,049.76

N.C. Central University

2014-15: $5,444.09

2015-16: $5,674.09

2016-17: $5,801.09

UNC Pembroke

2014-15: $5,206

2015-16: $5,483.40

2016-17: $5,735.17

UNC Wilmington

2014-15: $6,314.70

2015-16: $6,599.66

2016-17: $6,859.66

Western Carolina University

2014-15: $6,156

2015-16: $6,474

2016-17: $6,588

Winston-Salem State University

2014-15: $5,492.16

2015-16: $5,616.16

2016-17: $5,713.16

UNC Asheville

2014-15: $6,272

2015-16: $6,485

2016-17: $6,699

Elizabeth City State University

2014-15: $4,496.74

2015-16: $4,656.74

2016-17: $4,888.08

UNC School of the Arts

2014-15: $8,144

2015-16: $8,499

2016-17: $8,855

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