But the UNC-G increase has not yet been met with the mobilized student opposition that characterized last year's tuition debate.
The UNC-G Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday to raise tuition by $300 to $75 a semester for four semesters. The increase would take effect next fall.
If approved by the Board of Governors and the N.C. General Assembly, 60 percent of the increase would supplement faculty and staff recruitment and salaries, 29 percent would fund student aid and the remainder would go to boost student services, said UNC-G Associate Provost Alan Boyette.
The General Assembly approved similar campus-initiated tuition increases at five UNC-system schools this summer, including UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University. The $600 UNC-CH increase, which is being implemented this school year and next, funded faculty salary increases.
UNC-G Student Body President John Shearin voted for the proposal and said the increase is necessary for the school to recruit and retain quality faculty.
"If they cannot find other means to find the money, the quality of education here, over a few years, would drop," he said.
Shearin, who was a member of a committee that studied the possible impact of the tuition increase, said he thinks the amount of the increase was fair. "The $150 a year is pretty much what was needed," he said.
UNC-G trustee Sue Cole said the study committee thoroughly examined the issue. "There was an excellent study done, with very wide representation," Cole said.
Boyette said the committee held forums in September to solicit student input on the increase and received mostly positive feedback.