New tuition increases approved by the ECSU Board of Trustees will allow university
officials to make improvements in need-based financial aid, in student services and
at residence halls.
The ECSU Board of Trustees approved a 1.5 percent increase in tuition for in-state
and out-of-state students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Other fee increases include a 5 percent meal plan increase; a $100 per semester room
rate increase and a $5 per semester book rental increase. The proposed fee increases
must next meet the approval of the UNC Board of Governors.
Revenues generated by the campus-initiated tuition increase would be
used as follows:
35% for need-based financial aid
30% to provide additional funding in student services
35% for faculty salaries
The university has a tremendous need for need-based financial aid. The additional
funds will help make substantial progress towards addressing the unmet needs of our
students. The proposed increases in auxiliary services will allow us to provide the
high quality of services that are being affected by inflationary factors and to assist
in responding to the student demand for increased programs and activities.
The increase in housing will be used to install sprinkler systems in the residence
halls, cover other rising maintenance costs and associated personnel costs. Three
of the older residence halls do not have sprinkler systems. They are Hugh Cale, Mitchell-Lewis
and Wamack). The residence hall rent increase will provide those sprinkler systems.
The proposed tuition and auxiliary fee increases are essential to the continued
well-being of the outstanding educational experience offered by the university.
Regarding the increase ECSU Chancellor Gilchrist said," Every university in the UNC
system had an opportunity to increase fees. Because of our low tuition rate, we could
have increased up to 6.5 percent. We are below the 80th percentile for faculty salaries
in our peer group, and in dire need of need-based financial aid."
"We did not want to place a hardship on our students by taking a 6.5 percent increase.
However, to meet the needs of a growing university we made the 1.5 percent increase."