ASU trustees approve tuition hike

Article Published: Dec. 17, 2009 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
ASU trustees approve tuition hike

The cost of higher education is getting higher.

Appalachian State University is pushing for the maximum tuition-and-fee increase after the board of trustees voted Thursday to approve a 6.5 percent tuition increase for the 2010-2011 academic year.

The trustees' proposal will be sent to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. If approved, undergraduate tuition would increase $152, from $2,341 a year to $2,493 for the year. The trustees also want to increase fees by $350 per year.

The trustees conducted the vote by conference call after the business affairs committee asked for a delay to gather more information. At the regular Dec. 4 trustees' meeting, the committee had considered a 4.2 percent tuition increase.

Mike Steinback, chairman of the board's business affairs committee. cited the current economic climate and uncertain state funding levels for universities as reasons for the increase.

Of the $350 fee increase, the athletics general fee would increase $10 to cover construction and operating costs of the new field house at Kidd Brewer Stadium. The health services fee would increase $20 a year.

A $100 increase in the student union indebtedness fee would finance expansion of Plemmons Student Union. Room charges would increase $200 to finance construction of a new residence hall on campus, part of the university's long-term goal of housing more students on campus. The book rental and transportation fee would each increase $10, with AppalCART receiving more funding as students have asked for more bus routes.

Currently, students pay $559 for athletics fees, $363 for education and technology, $1,681 for student activities and $402 for indebtedness fees, or $3,005 a year.

In-state undergraduate students living on campus would pay $10,753 to attend Appalachian next year. Out-of-state undergraduates living on campus would pay $22,065, according to the ASU News Bureau.

The UNC Board of Governors is expected to vote on the tutition proposal early next month.

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