Tuition rises 2.8 percent Tuition at ECU will rise 2.82 percent next year for both in-state and out-of-state undergraduate students, an increase that’s on the low end of what most other UNC campuses are adopting. Currently, tuition and fees are $4,219 per semester. The Board of Trustees approved the increase at a special meeting in November after failing to reach a decision at its regular October session. North Carolina residents will face a $69 increase in tuition, while students from other states will see their rates increase by $366 annually. All students will pay an increase in fees of $25. Graduate students, both resident and nonresident, will pay an extra $69 beginning next year. Chancellor Steve Ballard proposed a 2.41 percent tuition increase at the trustees’ October meeting but several members of the executive committee thought that was too low. “We are trying to hold to a minimum to North Carolina students,” Ballard said. “I think this is a reasonable compromise while paying attention to the needs of our students.” Around $650,000 of the tuition increase will be used to boost faculty salaries; about $1.5 million will go to financial aid; the rest, nearly $500,000, will be used for other support services at the university. Trustee Margaret Ward, who wanted to see a higher increase, voted against the compromise. The hikes at ECU are lower than fee and tuition increases at UNC Chapel Hill, N.C. State, UNC Wilmington, Appalachian State and UNC Greensboro, where increases were 5.5 percent or higher. The Board of Governors limits tuition increases at the state’s universities to a maximum of 6.5 percent a year. ECU, the third-largest school in the UNC system, ranks sixth in fees and seventh in tuition. —Greenville Daily Reflector
North Recreational Complex opens
East Carolina officially opened its newest student recreation facilities last semester with plenty of lacrosse sticks, rugby balls, soccer cleats and free food. Chancellor Steve Ballard led the ribbon-cutting for the North Recreational Complex, an $8.5 million project on U.S. Highway 264 six miles from the Main Campus in a booming area of big-box student apartment complexes. Women and men’s club sports teams put the fields to good use before downing lots of hot dogs and hamburgers. Construction began on the project in March 2006. It sits on 129 acres and features eight lighted regulation fields for rugby and soccer. It is financed by student fees. Ballard noted that with the new fields and the existing Student Recreation Center on the core campus, ECU offers students some of the best and most comprehensive recreation and fitness opportunities in the nation. Nance Mize, assistant vice chancellor for campus recreation and wellness, said the new fields put the university in a position to host state, regional and national championships in several club sports.
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