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UNCC to seek 4% tuition-fees increase

UNC Charlotte trustees voted Thursday to ask for what school officials call “a modest” increase in tuition and fees for the 2013-14 academic year.

The increases average about 2 percent for tuition and 3.95 percent overall. The proposed increases in tuition and fees must be approved by the UNC Board of Governors and the General Assembly.

Chancellor Philip Dubois said he wanted to keep any increases minimal because many UNCC students are battling the impact of the recession.

“We have the largest number of Pell-eligible undergraduate students in the UNC system, 74 percent of our undergraduates receive financial aid, and 63 percent are receiving loans,” Dubois told the school’s trustees during their meeting Thursday. “Our tuition policy needs to reflect these realities.”

Dubois said UNCC would direct some of the tuition revenues to expand on-campus employment and internship opportunities for students. He said that would include summer research programs.

Annual tuition will increase $69 for undergraduate students and $79 for graduate students. In addition, trustees approved a $113 across-the-board increase in general fees, which includes a previously approved $50 increase for the football program. UNCC’s football team plays for the first time next August.

Dubois also recommended a $50 increase for campus renovations and repairs.

The total cost for tuition and fees for in-state undergraduate students will go to $6,105 from the current $5,873.

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