The UNC Asheville Board of Trustees approved
proposed tuition and fees for the 2010-11 academic year at its
meeting Monday, Dec. 7. The recommendation, which now moves to the
University of North Carolina Board of Governors for consideration,
originated with campus tuition and fee committees, made up of
faculty, students and administrators.
The UNC Asheville Board of Trustees approved a 6.5 percent increase
in tuition, which would raise annual in-state tuition by $155 and
out-of-state tuition by $917. Half of the revenues from the proposed
tuition increase is designated for need-based financial aid and half
is designated for four areas that directly impact the student
academic experience. Funds would be used to expand: library
services, co-curricular experiences, international programming, and,
at the request of the students, sustainability efforts. UNC
Asheville's current annual in-state tuition is $2,389 and
out-of-state tuition is $14,106.
The General Assembly earlier this year, as part of its budget
deliberations, increased 2010-11 tuition rates for UNC system
campuses by 8 percent or $200, whichever is less, above the current
year's rates. Revenues from the increase would go to the state's
UNC President Erskine Bowles plans to recommend that the UNC Board
of Governors ask the General Assembly to consider an alternative
tuition plan. UNC General Administration has asked each campus to
follow the traditional process for proposing campus-based tuition
increases for consideration by the Board of Governors. If the
alternative tuition plan is approved by the UNC Board of Governors
and endorsed by the General Assembly, revenues from the campus-based
tuition increases would remain with each campus.
The Board of Trustees' recommendation also included a $112 increase
in annual student fees. The $36 increase in the education and
technology fee will be used to expand campus wireless service and
extend library hours. The $33 increase in the student health fee
will go to expanded health and counseling services, replacement of
medical clinic equipment and reduce fees for some lab tests. The $15
increase in the athletic fee will be used to renovate the sports
medicine room and to improve the weight training facility. The $27
increase in the student activity fee will be used to increase the
number of paid student positions on campus, enhance
student-initiated environmental sustainability projects and expand
student co-curricular programming.
"We are mindful of the economic challenges that many students and
their families face, which made the decision to raise tuition and
fees especially difficult," said James Buckner, chair of UNC
Asheville's Board of Trustees. "The board discussed this at length,
and we believe that these increases are essential to maintaining the
outstanding liberal arts education we provide for our students."
UNC Asheville's current tuition and fees total $4,329 for full-time,
in-state students and $16,046 for full-time out-of-state students.
Even with the proposed increase, UNC Asheville's combined tuition
and fees are well below the national average. According to the
College Board's annual "Trends in College Pricing" report, the
average published tuition and fees at public four-year colleges and
universities in 2009-10 is $7,020 for in-state students. UNC
Asheville's combined tuition and fees are the lowest among a peer
group of public universities designated by the UNC General
Room and board rates were also increased, with the standard meal
plan increasing 1.7 percent or $50 (from $3,000 to $3,050) for the
2010-11 academic year, and a standard double room increasing 2.6
percent or $100 (from $3,890 to $3,990).
With the proposed increases, a typical in-state student living on
campus would pay $416 additional for the year, bringing the total
cost of tuition, fees, room and board to $11,636 for 2010-11.
Out-of-state students would pay an additional $1,179 for the year,
for a total of $24,115.