Hogan Medlin was one student against 11 members of the Board of Trustees on Thursday morning.
The student body president cast the lone dissenting vote on a 6.5 percent increase to tuition for the 2011-12 school year.
The recommendation calls for the maximum permissible increase for students and must receive approval from the UNC-system Board of Governors and the N.C. General Assembly. The hike will be applied across the board, though there is no cap for out-of-state students tuition increase.
In-state tuition for undergraduate students will increase by $313 to $5,128, and out-of-state tuition will increase by $1,523 to $24,953, if the proposal is approved.
The Board of Governors will review the proposal in January.
Medlin, who is the lone student voice on the board, advocated a 5.6 percent increase for all students.
In the meeting, he said the state’s budget struggles might necessitate an additional tuition increase reminiscent of the $750 supplement that was approved during the summer.
Medlin, who voiced frustration in August for not being included in discussions regarding the supplement, said he hopes student leaders will be included in the decision process for any additional hikes.
“Whoever my successor is would say, ‘We’re here over the summer. You can call us anytime,’” he said.