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Tuition increase approved by Appalachian’s Board of Trustees

BOONE—Appalachian State University’s Board of Trustees has approved a $282 increase in campus-based tuition and fees for in-state undergraduates and a $313 increase in-state graduate students for the 2011-12 academic year.

As a result, in-state undergraduates living on campus can expect to pay $11,687.74 depending on the residence hall and meal plan selected for the 2011-12 academic year. Out-of-state undergraduates living on campus would pay a total of $23,735.74 a year.

Tuition and fee increases also were approved for out-of-state students.

The tuition and general fee increases require approval by the UNC Board of Governors.

University officials say the tuition increase is needed to help offset expected cuts to next year’s state budget.  The tuition increase will generate approximately $3.9 million, 33 percent of which will provide financial aid for students under the UNC System’s “hold harmless” provision, which states that a percent of the revenue generated by tuition be designated for financial aid.

Sixty-one percent of the tuition increase would be used to re-establish faculty salary positions from anticipated budget reductions. Six percent of the tuition increased would restore funds to the university library’s collections budget.

The increased athletics fee will offset the cost of scholarships for out-of-state student athletes and to add metal bleachers to a section of Kidd Brewer Stadium. Legislation granting tuition waivers to out-of-state student-athletes was repealed in this year’s legislative session. The bleachers, which would be placed in a grassy area near Owens Field House, would add 2,000 to 3,000 seats to the stadium.

The trustees also approved increases in the cost of university housing and meals. The increase depends on which housing and meal option students’ select. Also approved as a $5 increase in the transportation fee. These increases do not require Board of Governors’ approval.