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as the up-bound Friday morning traffic moved at its usual pace on the eastern entrance to the campus, down the hill — covering both traffic
lanes — came some 50 banner- and sign-bearing students headed for the chambers of the uNC system
board of Governors. said to represent not just Carolina but other schools in the system, the students
were determined to protest, loudly, one more time
before the bOG acted on Feb. 10 on proposed tuition
increases for this fall.
The General assembly can overrule the bOG, but
by statute it doesn’t have to take any action.
The board’s decision nevertheless followed the recommendations of President Thomas ross ’ 75 (Jd).
Carolina was granted a 9. 6 percent increase in tuition
and fees for in-state undergraduates, not the 11. 4 percent it had sought.
uNC’s in-state tuition will go up by $695. including fees, the price tag will rise from the current $7,008
to $7,683. For non-North Carolina residents, tuition
and fees will go up 5. 9 percent, from $26,833 to
$28,435. all undergraduates will pay $1,860 in fees,
which is down $10 from this year.
Carolina’s first priority for additional tuition money
is to restore class sections lost to the state budget cuts.
uNC saw relatively little impact from the reduction in
sections last fall, but that may take a bigger hit this
The in-state undergraduate average increase in
tuition across the state’s 16 higher-education campuses
is 8. 8 percent for this fall, then 4. 2 percent for 2013-
14. No campus received more than 9. 8 percent for
2012-13. uNC was one of seven campuses that
received less than requested.
uNC’s request was part of a proposal to add $2,800
to the bills of N.C. resident undergraduates incrementally over the next five years — a 55 percent increase
from the current annual rate. That request was based
on leeway Carolina officials believe they have because
the university now is such a bargain compared with its
peers. Other schools in the uNC system also proposed
five-year plans. but, in concert with ross’ recommendation, the board wouldn’t commit beyond two years.
The projected increase for 2013-14 is $600 for in-
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Reaction to tuition
increases over the
years has ranged
from anger to apathy. This year, it
was lively. Students
from multiple UNC
took two Raleigh
Road traffic lanes
for themselves on
a February morning
as the Board of
to take its final
vote on increases
that averaged 8. 8
the system — 9. 6
percent at Carolina.