Board of Governors approve possible tuition increases

February 15, 2011
By Minnie Bridgers

Students could soon be paying more to attend NC State.  The UNC Board of Governors voted Friday in favor of tuition hikes, ranging from 5 to 6.5 percent across all 17 public institutions.

The board also agreed to eliminate 60 degree programs statewide with low enrollment, including four from the College of Education. To find out which underperforming programs are on the chopping block, check out this story from The News & Observer.

The board’s recommendations come as campuses brace for a potential 15 percent cut in the funding they receive from the state. North Carolina is facing a state budget shortfall of almost $3 billion.

The General Assembly will consider the proposed tuition increases and program cuts as it works to develop a budget before the next fiscal year begins July 1.

If approved, tuition at NC State would go up 6.2 percent. Even with the increase, tuition would still be lower than at the majority of the university’s peer institutions, according to a cost comparison provided by news services.

Kiplinger recently ranked NC State 15th on its list of best values among public colleges.

To read more about budget cuts and potential tuition increases, visit the university’s online budget news section.

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