Higher tuition and fees ahead for North Carolina Central students
The cost to attend North Carolina Central University may be heading up.
On Dec. 20, the school’s board of trustees approved a $1.03 million package of tuition and fee increases for the 2013-14 academic year. The increases equate to $111 per year for undergraduate students and $165 for graduate students.
The change must now be approved by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.
“Most of the money raised would support need-based financial aid and instructional budgets, two areas that experienced significant cuts in state appropriations,” the Durham school said in a statement.
Over the past two fiscal years, NCCU’s budget has been cut 14 percent, or $13 million. And since fiscal year 2000-2001, it has lost nearly $60 million from permanent cuts and one-time budget reductions.
“Any rate increase is too high for our students and their families,” said NCCU Interim Chancellor Charles L. Becton “Yet, in light of significant budget cuts over the past two years, the tuition increases are a necessity to maintain student success.”
Directors also voted to increase the school’s general fee rate, which supports athletics, health services and student activities. This amount was increased by $114.06 for undergraduates and $109.40 for graduate students. The total increase translates to a 6.5 percent increase for general fees.
Overall, the total cost to attend NCCU would rise by about 4.2 percent for in-state undergraduates and 2.4 percent for undergraduate nonresidents. Graduate students’ rates would increase by 4.4 percent for residents and 2.4 for nonresidents.
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