Tuition UpdateJuly 21, 2010
Dear Carolina Students and Parents:
Within the next week, we will send electronic tuition bills for the fall semester, and your bill will reflect an increase that I know you were not expecting.
With the recent completion of the state budget by the N.C. General Assembly, we now have tuition and fee rates for 2010-2011. For full-time students, those total annual rates are:
- $6,665 for resident undergraduates
- $25,280 for non-resident undergraduates
- $8,202 for resident graduate students
- $22,932 for non-resident graduate students
These increases are essential to protect the quality of the Carolina education you expect and deserve.
This year, the General Assembly faced an $800 million shortfall in revenues and had to make tough choices about the state’s priorities. As a result, the UNC system is taking cuts of $142 million. Those cuts are on top of $575 million in reductions that the system absorbed over the previous three years.
At Carolina, we rely on state appropriations for about a quarter of our budget, so the impact of these cuts has been significant. We have worked hard to protect our academic mission. Academic units took a lower cut last year than our support and administrative units. We have eliminated programs, laid off people and made sweeping changes in our business operations to improve efficiency.
We have reached the point at which, without a tuition increase, this year’s budget cuts would have forced us to offer fewer classes and increase class sizes; cut library services that are critical to study and research; provide fewer faculty advisers for undergraduates; and reduce the level of support available in key student services units.
Carolina has always been committed to affordability, and we will dedicate 38 percent of the total tuition increase to provide need-based aid for qualified students. We are recalculating aid packages now to reflect the new rates and will inform affected students and parents as soon as possible. If the additional cost for the upcoming academic year creates a financial hardship for your family, please speak with the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid regarding financial aid options. If you have not applied for financial aid, we encourage you to do so now if you need help.
Even with these changes, Carolina’s in-state undergraduate tuition and fees for full-time students ($6,665) will still be among the lowest of our public peers. For comparison, in-state rates at Virginia, Berkeley, UCLA, Michigan, Illinois and Pittsburgh all exceed $10,000.
We know that this economic crisis is affecting many of you too. Thank you for your patience and understanding.