First-year Laura Ziperski plans to apply to the business school and does not feel the fee will hinder others from applying to the business school.
“I think that as long as the fee is reasonable, it is a good thing,” Ziperski said. “I’m pretty confident (the fee) doesn’t deter you from wanting to apply. For those who need financial assistance it should be an option, it should not prevent people from wanting to apply from the school.”
Current business school student Michael Bono believes the fee is slightly “annoying," but completely worth it in the end.
“Being in the business school is a worthwhile investment,” Bono said. “The job placement rate is high out of the business school and while it may be a hindrance for the time being, being in the business school truly is a worthwhile investment.”
The theories concerning where the money will go vary among business students, but all agree it will go toward improving the school.
“I think the money will be used for professors' salaries and to improve the facilities,” Bono said. “The professors say it is a pain to have such small facilities, and I know that business professors have high salaries. They often double up on teaching classes so with this fee they might get paid more.”
While many people may have different assumptions of where the money will go, the school has already decided where the allotted money will be spent.
“The money from the fee can be used for restrictive purposes,” Shackelford said. “It can be used to expand student services and programs, it can also be used for staffing those programs and services. Only for student programs, student services and staff for the undergraduate business programs.”
Shackelford insists all discussion about the fee will be open and will not have an impact on students who receive financial aid.
“We intend to communicate widely about the fee and we expect students to be highly knowledgeable and learn about the fee,” Shackelford said. “We are not adding any financial burden to any student on financial aid.”
According to The (Raleigh) News & Observer, the UNC Board of Governors finance committee has reviewed the tuition and fee rates and is expected to vote in March.