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UNCW trustees approve tuition, fees increase

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The price to attend UNCW is going up again.

Today the Board of Trustees voted to raise tuition and fees for all Seahawk students.

A memo from the university said that while the school's endowment is well managed and growing it remains a weakness and that the school needed to find ways to grow revenues.

The Board of Trustees took a step to try and ease its level of debt and reliance on state funding by unanimously voting to raise student athletic fees by 116 dollars, and increasing dorm fees by three percent. Out-of-state students will see the largest hike with an increase of just over eight percent, or about $2,300 in tuition and fees.

"The endowment growth is dependant on donors," Associate Vice Chancellor of Finance Rick Whitfield said. "While we just completed a very successful campaign having exceeded the $65 million goal by over $1 million we continue to solicit significant gifts while in non-campaign mode. Universities are constantly in the fund raising business."

The increases will affect all students. Dr. Whitfield said no current students will be grandfathered in at their current tuition rates.

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They could cut out

They could cut out unnecessary classes like Freshman Seminar.

Prioritizing one's priorities

The Board of Trustees voted to raise tuition and fees for all students because they felt "the school needed to find ways to grow revenues"?

Just the other day I read that the women's basketball team, with a losing record of 1 - 6, was down in tropically balmy Cancun Mexico at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya playing in a multi-day basketball tournament.

In the real world, the first priority when seeking to grow revenues is to cut back on frivolous expenses.

Trustee: A person or firm that holds or administers property or assets for the benefit of a third party. Looks like that third party is someone or something other than the general student population.

Ange...

Student fees for athletics is a disgrace as 1.5% of the student population plays sports but 100% pay the sports "fees".
Awhile back there was discussion about the Seahawks booster clubs and alumni associations picking up the pace of fund raising for sports. After meetings with students, alumni, and boosters Chancellor Miller punted, delaying actions by a year.
Now we know why. Rather than confront the issue he is just raising fees to pay for the bloated salaries and money losing sports programs. It is socializing the losses to placate the privileged few who play or profit from sports. We need to face facts - we are NOT UNC-CH we don't play in big conferences and our sports programs are poorly attended........
Basketball (both men's and women's), baseball seem to be the better attended sports.....
I don't get this addiction we have to college sports programs in small towns like Wilmington or Pembroke...good grief. Want to play sports? Go to UNC-CH.........

Vog

This has nothing to do with

This has nothing to do with the finances, but the athletes get first pick when registering for classes. I don't know if UNCW is alone in that, but it is absolutely wrong.

They could justify the other students paying for athletics since the freshmen are required to attend at least one sporting event as part of the "Freshman Seminar" class. Which is a required class and completely unnecessary.