UNC-system President Thomas Ross might recommend lower-than-expected tuition increases today, following weeks of protest from students and former administrators.
The system’s Board of Governors will begin discussing tuition proposals submitted by school administrators who claim the significant increase is needed to maintain a high quality of education.
But many board members say that while they understand the need for revenue, they are still hesitant to approve the increases.
Hannah Gage, chairwoman of the board, said the board will focus on Ross’ proposals, which are not expected to be as hefty as the campus proposals.
“What we’re going to be looking at is what the president recommends and that could be very different from what the campuses have asked for,” she said.
“I would be surprised if the president recommended increases that were as aggressive as some of our campuses.”
UNC-CH’s Board of Trustees approved in November a tuition increase of 15.6 percent for next year. This proposal, which was met with disapproval from Student Body President Mary Cooper and several other students, has been submitted to the board.
Other UNC-system schools are also proposing tuition increases above the mandated 6.5 percent cap.
A new Four-Year Tuition Plan approved by the UNC-system Board of Governors last year maintained a 6.5 percent cap on tuition increases, but a clause in the plan permitted universities to propose one-time increases above the cap if they justified a need to “catch up” to the tuition and fees of their public peer institutions.