CORRECTION: The original version of this story stated that the current cost of in-state undergraduate tuition was $7,008. Current in-state tuition is $5,128. The cost of tuition and fees combined is $7,008. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.
UNC administrators discussed Thursday the possibility of raising tuition by nearly 40 percent in the next two to four years.
The tuition and fee advisory task force met Thursday to discuss what form a tuition increase above the UNC system’s mandated 6.5 percent cap would take.
Although the cap has not been officially lifted by the system’s Board of Governors, Bruce Carney, executive vice chancellor and provost, said the UNC General Administration sent a letter this week giving system schools permission to consider temporarily lifting the 6.5 percent cap on tuition increases.
“People are talking now (at the General Administration), and we’re just hearing things trickle down,” said Student Body President Mary Cooper, who is also a member of the task force. “All of this was complete speculation.”
Initial proposals presented at the meeting suggest a total increase of $2,800 for in-state undergraduates in a span of two to four years. This would represent an increase of 40 percent for the current in-state tuition of $5,128.
The cap on tuition has been set at 6.5 percent for all UNC-system schools since 2006, and the Board of Governors decided to maintain the cap last year. But the board provided wiggle room for universities to propose an increase that exceeds the cap if tuition is the only viable funding source.
Universities’ tuition proposals are also required by the board to keep tuition and fee rates within the bottom quarter of their peer institutions.
But a gradual 40 percent tuition increase could push these parameters, placing UNC-CH closer to the cost of its more expensive peer institutions.