Tuition hike approved for UNC campuses

CHAPEL HILL The UNC Board of Governors approved the increase Friday.

The average increase is 3.9 percent for in-state undergraduate tuition at North Carolina's 16 campuses.

System President Erskine Bowles has urged the board to keep tuition as low as possible.

The increase is less than one-third of what campuses had requested.

State budget officials have told UNC to expect budget cuts up to 7 percent this year because of the declining economy.

Under the hike, undergraduates will pay as little as $71 more at East Carolina University to as much as $432 more at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

The rates still have to be approved by the state Legislature.

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