First Posted: 1/15/2009
PEMBROKE - Students at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke could see a tuition increase of more than $300 a year beginning in the 2006.
On Thursday, the finance committee of the UNC Board of Governors was told that all 16 campuses in the state system probably would request an increase next year, according to the Fayetteville Observer. The board is expected to vote on the requests in February.
UNCP Chancellor Allen Meadors attended the meeting in Chapel Hill. Any tuition and fee increases would first have to be approved by the university's board of trustees, which meets Dec. 2.
“The university, in January, will have the opportunity to make a recommendation to the Board of Governors,” Meadors said. “We will be meeting with our folks next week to look a recommendation. The committee is made up of students and faculty.”
In-state students currently pay about $3,000 a year for tuition and fees, Meadors said. Out-of-state tuition is about $12,300.
On Thursday, UNCP was grouped with Fayetteville State, Appalachian State, North Carolina Central, UNC-Wilmington and Western Carolina. Those schools, with the exception of FSU, would be limited to a yearly increase of no more than $322.
The largest tuition and fee increase, $451 per year, is expected to be at UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University. East Carolina University’s increase is anticipated to be $346.
If a university wants to request anything above that amount, a special case must be made, Meadors said.
“I won't have an opinion until I see the recommendation from the committee,” he said.
According to the Fayetteville paper,, the UNC campuses heard how the mandatory budget cuts of $31 million from the system will be made. The cuts were ordered by the General Assembly and were included the UNC system’s 2005-06 budget.
UNCP will have its budget cut by $677,533, according to the committee’s report.