Trustees Approve Increase
By Christine Neff
The East Carolina University Board of Trustees approved an increase in tuition and fees for the 2009-10 academic year at a meeting held Dec. 11.
For undergraduate students, trustees approved a 2.82 percent increase in rates, which calculates to an increase of $69 for North Carolina residents and $366 for out-of-state students. Tuition rates will increase by $69 for all graduate students.
The proposal must be approved by the UNC system’s Board of Governors, which is expected to take action in February.
Chancellor Steve Ballard said he recognized the difficult financial environment facing students and their parents and wanted to keep ECU’s tuition increase below 3 percent. “I think this is a reasonable compromise while paying great attention to the needs of our students,” he said.
The new tuition rates for undergraduates will be $2,514 for in-state students and $13,325 for out-of-state students. Graduate students from North Carolina will pay $2,995 in tuition; out-of-state graduate students will pay $13,311.
Trustees previously approved an increase in tuition and fees for the Brody School of Medicine and the School of Business MBA/MSA program. Trustees voted to raise the cost per credit hour for the MBA/MSA program from $60 to $100, and to increase tuition by $1,000 for all medical students. Medical students now pay $7,144 yearly. Trustees also approved a $25 increase in general fees, $15 of which will be dedicated to athletics and $10 to Student Health Services.
Trustee David Redwine said he supported the Chancellor’s proposal. “In these tough economic times, it is difficult to ask more of students,” he said. “We ought to keep it as small an increase as possible.” Robert Greczyn, chair of the trustees, applauded the recommendation. “I think this has been well considered by the leadership of the university, and I am in full support,” he said.
Ballard said other sources of revenue for the university, including enrollment growth, endowments and federal and state funds, continue to grow. Of the tuition increase, he said, “This is not how we grow our budget. This is just how we earmark a couple of things to try to make a difference.”
If approved by the UNC Board of Governors, the increased rates will generate $2,634,000 in revenue, which will be used to support faculty salaries, financial aid and programs that focus on student success and retention.