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Appalachian’s Board of Trustees recommends 5 percent tuition hike

BOONE—Students at Appalachian State University may see their tuition increase by 5 percent for the next two academic years.

The increase in tuition, along with an increase in fees, was recommended by Chancellor Sheri N. Everts to the university’s Board of Trustees during its Dec. 12 meeting. The proposal will be submitted to the UNC Board of Governors for final approval.

Under the proposal, total costs for an in-state undergraduate residing on campus choosing the standard room and board option will be $13,872 in 2015-16 and $14,386 in 2016-17. Out-of-state undergraduates would pay $27,697 and $28,902 and 2015-16 and 2016-17, respectively.

Members of the UNC System schools submit budget requests for a multi-year period to provide more predictability and clear guidance for students. Under the plan implemented by the UNC Board of Governors, tuition increases are capped at 5 percent.

Tuition for in-state undergraduate students would increase $189 to $3,961 for the 2015-16 academic year. A $198 increase would bring the tuition totals to $4,159 in 2016-17.

The 2015-16 increase, totaling some $4.2 million, will be used to address faculty salary equity, fund the equivalent of seven faculty positions, support faculty development and scholarly activities, support the library’s operating fund, create three academic advising positions, psychological counselor and wellness case manager positions and fund a director of graduate student enrollment services and development position.

The additional revenues in 2016-17, an estimated $4.4 million, will address faculty salary equity, fund the equivalent of nine full-time faculty positions, support faculty development and scholarly activities, support the library’s operating funds, create three academic advising positions and a financial aid counselor position.

General fee increases of $62 in 2015-16 and $74 in 2016-17 were also recommended following input from committees comprised of students, faculty, staff and administrators.

An increase in room, board, book rental and transportation fees, totaling $424 in 2015-16 and $514 in 2016-17, was approved for in-state undergraduates living on campus.

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