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Thursday, December 6, 2007

UNCP trustees approve small tuition and fee hike

A tuition and student fee hike was approved November 29 by the Board of Trustees of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

At their final meeting in 2007, UNCP’s trustees paved the way for a new residence hall and the relocation of the Lumberton Radiological Associates Softball Field to the Town of Pembroke’s new recreation facility.

The University will pass the tuition and fee increases to the UNC Board of Governors for its consideration. An additional $43 in student fees and $58 in tuition was requested annually.

Student fee increases are for technology ($5), student activities ($23) and athletics ($15). The fees were recommended to Chancellor Allen C. Meadors by a student committee, which heard requests from campus groups.

“We had the option of going up to a maximum of 6.5 percent on fees and tuition, but we are trying to keep the price down,” Chancellor Meadors said. The UNC Board of Governors had set a cap of 6.5 percent for tuition and fee increases for all 16 state universities.

If approved, annual undergraduate tuition and fees for in-state students for 2008-09 would be $3,608, an increase of 2.9 percent.

SOFTBALL FIELD

The trustees gave unanimous support to beginning negotiations for leasing a new softball field from the town.

Moving the field would make way for a $29 million nursing and health professions building. $800,000 is available for upgrading the new athletic field, said Neil Hawk, vice chancellor for Business Affairs.

The Board of Trustees also gave the green light to negotiate a lease for land occupied by West Residence Hall with the UNCP Foundation, Inc., which will tear it down to build a new residence hall with 250-60 beds.

The Foundation already owns two student housing units, one on campus (University Village) and one near campus (Courtyard), Hawk said. After demolishing West Hall, the new facility would result in 50 additional beds on campus.

Finally, the trustees approved diplomas for an estimated 457 students at Winter Commencement on Saturday, December 8 at 10 a.m. in the English Jones Athletic Center.

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