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ASU Board of Trustees Approves $300 Campus-Based Tuition Increase

BOONE–Appalachian State University Board of Trustees has approved a $300 increase in tuition for each of the next two academic years. The board also voted today to reserve the option of seeking a $300 tuition increase for a third academic year.

The increase will provide Appalachian an estimated $3.75 million in 2004-05. Thirty-five percent of the revenues will be allocated for faculty salaries and benefits, 24 percent for student financial aid, 21 percent for academic and student support and 20 percent for staff salaries and benefits for 2004-05. Allocations for subsequent years will be determined by future board action.

Tuition increases must be approved by the UNC Board of Governors, the governing body of the 16-campus University of North Carolina system.

Campus-based tuition increases have been permitted since 2000. Final tuition for 2004-05 will be subject to possible increases by the N.C. General Assembly.

“Following three years of cuts in Appalachian’s state appropriation, we are forced to increase tuition if we are expected to provide continued access to a quality education for all qualified students,” said Chancellor Harvey Durham. “Even after these tuition increases are implemented, the cost to attend Appalachian will average substantially less than the cost to attend many other universities.”

Appalachian’s trustees also approved general fee increases totaling $44 and a $173 increase in room and board.

Full-time students paid $1,596 in tuition and academic fees for the 2003-04 academic year. Tuition and academic fees will increase to $1,896 in 2004-05 under the proposal.

North Carolina students living on campus will pay $7,837.50 a year in 2004-05 to attend Appalachian, while the cost for out-of-state students will total $17,204.50 a year, including tuition, fees, room, board and book rental.