A recommendation to the UNC-system Board of Governors to charge tuition by the credit hour could inhibit students from taking more classes.
The board is expected to discus changes to the system’s tuition policy at its meeting Thursday. Although charging tuition according to credit hours is on the table, board members are hesitant to approve it as a system-wide policy.
This year, members of the board are reviewing the Four Year Tuition Plan, which was set in place by UNC-system President Erskine Bowles in 2006 to make the tuition process more predictable and structured.
Recommendations for updating tuition policy
- Allowing campuses to increase tuition by a maximum of 10 percent in years when the state appropriations are less than 6 percent. The current cap is 6.5 percent.
- Reconsider using the bottom quarter of tuition rates of peer public institutions as benchmarks.
- Giving campuses increased discretion in setting non-resident tuition rates.
- Having different tuition models for different campuses.
- Having similar tuition rates for similar institutions with same teaching missions.
- Clearly defining the role of students in the tuition decision-making process.
- Charging students by credit hours on select, pilot campuses.
Possible changes to the plan stem from recommendations made by a tuition task force comprised of UNC-system representatives.
Julie Mallette, associate vice provost and director of scholarships and financial aid at N.C. State University, said in an e-mail that charging students by the credit hour has been an ongoing discussion within the university system.