UNCG Campus Weekly

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Supplemental Tuition Increase Approved by President Bowles

The university has raised tuition an additional $485, effective for the fall semester, a move that will generate an extra $8 million in revenue – $6.4 million to offset a state funding cut and $1.6 million to provide need-based financial aid.

UNC President Erskine Bowles approved higher tuition at UNCG and the other institutions in the university system on July 14. Combined with an earlier increase, this means annual tuition at UNCG has gone up $653 for undergraduates and $683 for graduate students from last year.

“While I am extremely concerned about the additional burden this puts on students and their families, we must protect the quality of UNCG’s academic programs and our ability to provide students with the classes and support they need to graduate,” Chancellor Linda P. Brady wrote in a letter to the university community.

“Even with this increase, UNCG’s tuition remains well below our national peers (only one of our 17 peer institutions has lower tuition) and very competitive among our peer universities within the UNC system.”

Faced with an $800 million revenue gap, the General Assembly cut state revenue to the UNC system by $70 million in the budget signed by Gov. Bev Perdue on June 30. UNCG’s share of that cut is $6.4 million. The legislature authorized chancellors to seek additional tuition increases up to $750 with at least 20 percent of revenue dedicated to need-based financial aid.

This year’s budget cut follows a permanent $6.9 million cut UNCG took in the 2009-10 academic year, which was absorbed primarily through cuts to administrative and academic support services.