The UNC Wilmington Board of Trustees met yesterday and approved an increase in tuition and fees for the 2011-2012 academic year. The Board took advantage of the UNC Board of Governor's 6.5 percent "cap" on tuition, and when combined with an already established 2.46 percent increase in fees and other changes, it is projected that total student costs will increase by 3.8 percent next year.
The increases were approved in attempts to combat a dire economic situation in the state of North Carolina, following Governor Bev Purdue's announcement of state budget reductions earlier this year. The rise in tuition and fees was stated by Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo as a way "to move forward during these challenging economic times and provide our students with the most powerful learning experience possible."
The added $3.8 million in revenue will allow UNCW to maintain 21 faculty positions and offer 128 additional course sections, as well as aid areas critical to the student experience such as the the Library, Technology Support, and Financial Aid.
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