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Tuition and Fee Advisory Task Force discussed increased cost proposal for graduate programs

The taskforce discussed two proposed tuition increases for nonresident students in the law and dental schools.


Screenshot from the virtually-held Tuition and Fees Advisory Task Force committee meeting on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly attributed a quote from Nikkia Lynch to Ryan Collins in regard to student feedback on tuition increases. The article has been updated to reflect the appropriate attribution. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for this error. 

UNC’s Tuition and Fee Advisory Task Force committee met virtually Thursday morning to discuss proposed changes to student tuitions for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year, including the recommendation of increased law school and dental school tuition for nonresident students.

Proposed changes

  • School-based tuition increases may not apply for resident students in existing programs. 
    • Increases may be considered to establish new program rates and to maintain accessibility and affordability.
  • In a proposal submitted on Oct. 8, nonresident J.D. law school candidates will have a 6.6 percent tuition increase to $40,572.
  • In the same proposal, nonresident candidates for the Adams School of Dentistry's doctor of dental surgery program will have a 25 percent tuition increase to $77,655. 
  • Additionally, nonresident health affairs master's students will have a 50 percent tuition increase to $52,686.
    • Nikkia Lynch, business officer for the academic finance office, said students would give feedback on the significant increase and may also take a grandfathered approach of analyzing past tuition increases. 
    • “These tuition rates should be market-based and maintain excellence in these (existing) programs,” interim Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations Nate Knuffman said.

Who is on the committee? 

  • The Tuition and Fee Advisory Task Force committee consists of UNC faculty and student members, mostly from University financial offices. 

What’s next?

  • The Tuition and Fee Advisory Task Force will hold two more meetings in October to begin finalizing student fee proposals.
  • The Student Fee Advisory Subcommittee's recommendation to the Tuition and Fee Advisory Task Force is due on Oct. 22. 
  • On Nov. 4, all final student fee recommendations are due.
  • The Board of Trustees will meet in November, and the Board of Governors will meet between January and March.
    • All tuition requests will be subjected to the Board of Governors’ approval.
    • Trustee Ralph Meekins said it would helpful to have a report following the meeting and decisions of the BOG. 
  • On July 1, student rates will be billed for the 2021-2022 academic year.

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