For Student Body President Mary Cooper, now is the time for students to speak up about tuition.
The University’s tuition and fee advisory task force will decide on a tuition proposal to present to the Board of Trustees on Nov. 14, leaving Cooper less than two weeks to craft her own proposal for the task force.
Cooper arranged two meetings for student government to provide input on canvassing student opinion. The second of those meetings was held Thursday night.
Cooper has set up a dedicated email address and a text-in hotline on TalkBin, she said.
She also plans to distribute fliers in the Pit and host meetings for students every day next week.
“The meetings are at different times of the day so we can talk to as wide a range of students as possible,” she said.
“We have also reached out to student groups to try and get them involved.”
Last week, administrators discussed the possibility of raising tuition by $2,800 during the next two to four years, which is above the mandated 6.5 percent cap. Although the cap hasn’t officially been lifted, UNC-system administrators gave universities permission to consider higher increases if they could be justified.
At Thursday’s meeting, Cooper reiterated discouraging numbers from the University’s budget.