UNCW raises tuition by 2%

Reported by Claire Hosmann - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - UNCW's Board of Trustees voted to approve an increase in tuition for all students for the upcoming school year.

During a meeting Friday, the board heard recommendations from students, faculty, and staff.  There was a presentation about the most significant needs of both the campus and the student body.

UNCW was eligible for a maximum increase of 6.5 percent for in-state graduate tuition, but they will only raise tuition by 2 percent.

Some students said they didn't mind an increase in tuition if the funds went towards her education.

Below is news release from UNCW about the tuition hike:

Wilmington, N.C. - The University of North Carolina Wilmington Board of Trustees today approved a 2 percent tuition increase for all UNCW students for the 2010-11 academic year. The university expects to generate $939,966 in funding through the increase.

UNCW proposes to use half of the additional tuition revenue to provide student financial aid. The remainder will be applied to three new full-time faculty positions, a Registrar's Office position to assist transfer students, a coordinator for the state-of-the-art simulation laboratory in the new School of Nursing building, a distance education librarian, and a library technician for the Watson School of Education's Curriculum Materials Center.

The 2 percent tuition increase for the 2010-11 year amounts to:
• $52 for in-state undergraduate students
• $59 for in-state graduate students
• $269 for out-of-state undergraduate students
• $273 for out-of-state graduate students

"Given the current economic environment and the financial constraints for many of our students and their families, UNCW is doing everything we possibly can to keep the cost of a high quality university education affordable," said Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo. "While there are many needs for which we could have requested additional tuition this year, we chose to limit our request to the highest priority needs that will have the most impact on maintaining the quality of our academic programs and student support efforts."

The Board of Trustees also approved a reduction to 2010-11 student fees. The total mandatory general fee for undergraduate students will be reduced by $14.40 per student from last year. The university has accomplished this reduction through the retirement of debt service on Trask Coliseum and the elimination of a fee related to bank service charges for credit card usage. In addition, there will be no increases in either student parking and transportation fees or student meal plan prices. Housing costs will increase by 2 percent.

Tuition and fee requests for all of the UNC campuses will be presented to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors for final approval at its February 2010 meeting.

The increases for UNC Wilmington are within the guidelines set by the Board of Governors for the 16 UNC campuses. Under the formula developed for the UNC system, UNCW is eligible for a maximum increase of 6.5 percent for in-state undergraduate tuition. The Campus Initiated Tuition Committee, comprised of student, faculty and staff representatives appointed by the chancellor, worked together to identify the most pressing needs of both the campus and the student body. The committee's recommendations were presented to the chancellor and other university administrators, who developed the final proposal to the Trustees.

UNCW's proposal is contingent on the repeal of SL 2009-451, a law that mandated a tuition rate increase of 8 percent or $200 (whichever is lesser) on all students in the UNC system, which would go directly to the state. As part of this legislative provision, campus initiated tuition increases cannot be applied to resident students, both undergraduate and graduate. If SL 2009-451 is not repealed by the General Assembly, the 2 percent increase will apply only to non-resident students and will generate revenue of $434,000. In this case, the committee recommended that the funding be used only for financial aid, student services, academic support and library positions, and not for any new faculty positions.

UNCW's total tuition and fee increases follow the guidelines set forth to the UNC campuses by the Board of Governors:
• Combined tuition and fee rates for resident undergraduates remain within the bottom quartile of UNCW's public peers
• Non-resident undergraduate student costs remain below the top quartile within the same approved peer group

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