UNC System Creates New Campus Safety Fee, Raises Existing Fees

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors voted to charge students a $30 fee annually to be put towards campus safety.

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors voted to create a campus safety fee while also increasing tuition and fees for all students on Friday.

The board approved a $30 annual campus security fee for students, reports news-record.com. The fee is expected to raise $5.4 million a year, and the funds will be used to raise police officer pay, hire investigators and counselors and comply with federal safety regulations. Campus Safety Magazine had previously reported that the money would also be used to help prepare officers for extreme events such as active shooter incidents.

The board also says tuition and fees will go up an average of 4.3% next year for in-state undergraduates and an additional 3.7% in the 2016-2017 school year. The board estimates by then tuition and fees will be $6,690 per student annually. Tuition usually goes towards academic programs and faculty salaries, while schools can use fees for athletics, student health services, student activities, technology and debt service for building projects.

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