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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Higher education has a higher price tag. The University of North Carolina Board of Governors voted today to increase tuition for the next school year by more than nine percent.

After news of about a nine-percent increase for the upcoming school year, students at UNCW say these tuition hikes are far from fair.

“I saw 9.2 percent, and I was like, ‘This is ridiculous,'” UNCW sophomore Mary Blackwelder said.

Student Sadryne Hall said, “I knew it was coming, but I didn’t know it was going to be a nine-percent increase. It was kind of like a low blow.”

“I love UNCW,” sophomore Adam Grant said, “but it’s kind of hard when they keep raising tuition on me, and I’m paying it myself.”

UNCW students say the 9.2 percent increase to tuition for the 2012-2013 school year means additional worries.

“I was trying to do the math in my head about how much nine percent is, and it just blew me away,” Blackwelder said.

Here’s how it adds up. Right now, in-state students pay more than $5,000, and out-of-state students pay more than $17,000. That means with the increase, in-state students will pay about $6,200, and out-of-state students will pay about $18,000.

Students say they think there are going to be many effects of the increase for students and universities.

“I may have to transfer back to my hometown, where I would be paying about $20,000 less each year,” Grant said.

“Community colleges are going to become a lot more popular, because they are so much cheaper,” Blackwelder said.

“I plan on paying back loans until I’m old,” student Zac Saunders said.

Melissa Heintz said, “That means a lot more peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for me.”

Students we talked with said they would participate in a protest if one was organized on campus. Students at other universities across the state have already organized demonstrations to show their opposition to the increase.

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13 Comments on "UNCW students react to latest tuition hike"

College Parent
2015 years 8 months ago

WOW! The Board of Governors approved an increase. This is like having the wolf watch the flock of sheep. Would you figure anything different? Of course they would approve it. They just approved their raises.

2015 years 8 months ago

you have no idea how the system works. The Board of Governors have no control or input in their compensation level or even the amount they can claim for legitimate travel expenses to meetings.

Want to make an impact?

Get on board the “End Medicaid” borrowing. It’s an albatross.

Get behind Richard Burr and his proposed bill to require all recipients of long term unemployment benefits to both perform 20 hours of weekly public service and 20 hours of on the pavement job hunting.

There are 2 starting points.

A third might be to require all entitlement recipients to pass random durg tests before they get their dole.

Tired of it
2015 years 8 months ago

Because I know so many people think tuition increases mean raises, here’s the truth of the matter: The tuition increases that have been implemented these past years have been attempts to maintain course offerings after the elected officials of NC cut the UNC budget again and again. Faculty lines have been lost, which means fewer courses can be offered, which means students have fewer choices, which means they can end up having to stay in school longer. Which is better, paying the current tuition rates for one or two years in addition to the standard four because you can’t graduate because courses have been cut due to budget slashing, or paying 9.2% more each year which will help assure there are enough classes each semester that will allow you to graduate in four years?

As for raises, the tuition increases won’t see salaries go up. Indeed, faculty and other employees in the UNC system haven’t seen raises (even cost of living raises) in about six years. In fact, we’ve seen our costs, as employees go up every year (having to pay more and more for our benefits). The result is that UNC employees effectively earn less each year they work for the system.

Let me repeat: the tuition increases go to improving STUDENT services and class offerings.

So, when I read comments like the one above, all I see is someone who doesn’t understand how things work. I also see someone whose mind is made up, which means there’s no sense of trying to convince one way or the other. It is someone who has only disdain for universities and the people who teach at them (despite benefiting every day from work that originated from them).

2015 years 8 months ago

for not knowing how the system works. I just pulled up the undergraduate degrees offered from ECU as an example to support a case of how dumbed down higher education has become. One could say that there is a degree for everything, but do you need a degree to work in a hotel as a conference planner, or as a park ranger, or on a golf course? Those types of things are 2 year programs AT BEST. Imagine the cost savings if you trimmed out all the non-essential degree programs. They are useless to most when they graduate anyway.

a more nuanced view
2015 years 8 months ago

The tea party-led GOP in our legislature is determined to gut all that is good in our fair Old North State.

They talk out of two sides of their mouths; in one voice they chant for low taxes; they then cut the budget of our world-class state university system—–which in turn causes an increase in tuition which is really just a hidden tax on students!

The same with the ferry system.

The same with the aquariums.

The hypocrisy of “leaders” (I use the word loosely”) like Tom—whoops, I mean T”h”om Goolsby is amazing. Voting for a budget that forces cuts in the UNC system doesn’t impact him because his son goes to college out of state.

At the end of the day, an educated population is what our state needs; sadly, an educated population is anathema to Thom and his Tea Party cohorts.

How sad for all of us.

2015 years 8 months ago

Why should students WHO ATTEND the universities have to pay tuition?

Why should people WHO USE the ferries actually have to pay for the ferries?

Why should people WHO GO to the aquariums have to pay rates that allow us to maintain them in the black?

We can simply spread the cost to people who don’t go to college, don’t ride the ferries, and don’t go to the aquariums.

Why don’t you move to North Korea or Cuba, Comrade?

2015 years 8 months ago

WELCOME to a little thing called LIFE!! Wait til you get out in the real world and get your mortgage ins increase, mortgage tax increase along with your family health insurance increase….cry me a river!!!!…I’ll trade ya,,

2015 years 8 months ago

Just wait to your kids go to college. The bills are a’comin!

2015 years 8 months ago

The increase is much too high. The Board of Governors needs to be looking at reducing costs, beginning with themselves.

2015 years 8 months ago

No doubt the increase sucks. But, (and this is not directed at every student, but most) I cant help but wonder how much the average student would save per semester if they gave up partying every weekend. Couldn’t tell you how many college students I know that would rather eat crap food to ensure they have the dough to buy booze. Just saying. Tuition increases are ridiculous, but so is spending your last dollar on a drink. You can figure out what the percentage increase equates to in dollars, now figure out how much money you spend per week on alcohol and sum it to an entire school year.

2015 years 8 months ago

So glad I finished grad school before the tuition went up again. Maybe get rid of some of those vice-chancellors to save a little money.

2015 years 8 months ago

When the government expands the amount they subsidize for things like education, groceries, cell phones, housing, it makes prices higher for the middle class and the ones who actually have to pay their bills. I wish that the new batch of graduating seniors would boycott higher education. I know it’s implausible, but it’s sickening to see ambition and personal responsibility trampled on at every turn.

2015 years 8 months ago

The tuition goes up, yet UNCW is losing some of its better teachers because they won’t pay them what they deserve. As an upperclassmen at UNCW, I can honestly say that either I don’t understand what my money goes towards, or that it’s being misused. The library is tiny, the teachers aren’t getting paid, yet there are new buildings being built. What is more important at an university a new gym or a library that can fit the student body or high quality professors that make the degree that I’m paying for hold some weight? Wilmington is a great town, and Wrightsville Beach is gorgeous, but UNCW is heading downhill fast.


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