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Thursday, July 15, 2010

UNCP tuition increase approved for 2010-11

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s tuition increases of $250 for 2010-11 and $218 for 2011-12 were approved Wednesday by UNC President Erskine Bowles. The legislature authorized each UNC campus to implement an additional tuition increase to help lessen the impact of UNC’s total management flexibility cuts and protect the academic core.

The increase will partially offset mandated budget reductions to UNCP of $2.5 million in North Carolina’s new budget, Chancellor Kyle R. Carter said in an announcement. After three years of budget cuts and reversions, UNCP officials and the Board of Trustees believed that the quality of academic programs would suffer without a tuition increase.

“The estimated additional tuition for 2010-11 will mitigate, not eliminate our flexibility cuts by 53.4%,” said Neil Hawk, Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs. “Therefore, UNCP will still be cutting budgets by approximately $1.2 million for the current year.”

“We have made this tuition increase reluctantly because UNCP has always tried to keep costs low for its students,” Chancellor Carter said. “However, we felt it necessary to raise tuition because of our concern that the reductions over the last two years were causing UNCP to approach what I term the ‘Quality Threshold.’

“We have cut deeply and more cuts would affect quality,” Chancellor Carter concluded.

North Carolina’s budget would cut UNCP’s budget by approximately $2.5 million or 4 percent. The budget also contained an option to raise tuition up to $750.

Of the tuition increase, 20 percent is set aside to help students who receive financial aid.

The increase represents an increase of 11.05 percent this year in tuition and student fees combined. UNCP already had a $113 campus-based tuition increase and a $41 student fee increase in place for 2010-11.

It costs approximately $10,000 annually to attend UNCP for a full-time, undergraduate student from North Carolina who lives on campus with a meal plan.

In a memorandum, UNC President Erskine Bowles said the system has taken budget cuts of $575 million over the past three years and cut 900 administrative positions.

“I’m proud that during these tough economic times, we were able to protect the quality of our academic core and keep out tuition and fee rates for North Carolinians at either the lowest or next to the lowest among each campus’ public peer institutions,” President Bowles said.

Among 19 of its “peer” or similar universities nationally, UNCP has the lowest tuition and fees.

UNCP will have the third lowest tuition increase for 2010-11 among all UNC universities for resident undergraduates. Only four of the 16 UNC institutions had lower tuition and fees than UNCP in 2009-10.

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