Western Carolina University Board of Trustee approved tuition increase for the 2014 curricular year. For in-state students the financial aspects of the increase are affordable. For out-of-state students, it is the new make or break to attend WCU.
Right now for the Fall ’13 and Spring ’14 semesters at WCU they are more than affordable with Financial Aid. In-state students only end up paying $3927.50 while out of state students pay $8726.00; more than double what in-state students pay. No it may not sound like a lot but with the new raise in tuition it makes out-of-state students pay more than $10,000 per semester.
For WCU student Paige Diemer, this increase came at a good time.
“I’m originally from Florida so there is no way I can get out of paying out of state tuition,” she said while chuckling about what she pays already. “I am very fortunate to not have to pay the increase since I graduate May of 2014. If I had to stay another semester or year, I would definitely have a hard time paying back my student loans.” [Read more...]
A change of scenery is good.
But as the temperatures drop, Western Carolina is experiencing more of a change than the weather dictates.
And it is coming at a cost.
Western Carolina University is facing an increase in tuition and fees that will hit students for the academic year starting Fall 2014 and some even as early as January. The Board of Trustee approved the increase of fees and tuition for out-of-state students for 2014-15 school year. According to the information from the WCU Office of Public Relations the mandatory fees for undergraduate students will go up for $52 annually. The proposed schedule of tuition and fees is subject to approval by the UNC Board of Governors and the General Assembly.
Read the stories explaining the increases as well as the impact on the students:
Student housing increases stirring the Western pot
Students losing appetite over dining increases
The high price of higher education
Price to park at WCU increases
WCU out-of-state students get 6 percent tuition increase
Dr. Sam Miller, the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, co-chairs the Fees and tuition committee and has been instrumental in the decision-making processes. There are a multitude of factors involved, but none of them are less important than another.
“We always want to find ways to give our current students a value for what is happening,” Dr. Miller said in an interview. “Whatever we can do, we’re always looking for ways to have an impact and be supportive of students in their academic goals.”
This year, the NC Legislature and the governor passed a budget in July for this fiscal year. For next year, it mandated the university system could not increase tuition on in-state students. But it also mandated that out-of-state tuition will increase by a certain percentage for UNC campuses. Schools had to abide by either a 0, 6, or 12 percent increase.
Students have every right to gripe under the circumstances of the increasing costs of their education. But a lot is blown out of proportion when all of the details are not put on the table. The tuition and fee proposals are broad in scope, but each element has numerous specifics involved.
Most students aren’t aware of the specifics. They see that prices are rising, but they don’t know why or where the money is going.
See what students WCJ talked to say about the increases in fees and tuition.
And where the money is going is the ultimate question.
To find the answers, check out the full interview with Sam Miller here.
You can also see the full interview with Chancellor David Belcher on WCU growth and increases in tuition and fees.
Reporters on the project: Hope Quinn, Jake Myers, Hana Haden, Anna Sorrention and Tyana Johnson.
Editors: Hope Quinn and Jake Myers.
Think you have had enough of Zombie action… – Think again! Western Carolina University is bringing the scare mixed with humor and audience engagement. It is said to be, “The World Premiere of a brand new comedy that’s to die for…”
Western Carolina University School of Stage and Screen presents “Zombies on Campus! A SlaughterPocalypse!” that will take place at 7:30 p.m. nightly Wednesday, Nov. 13 through Nov. 19 at the Bardo Arts Center.
The new play is intended to create an undead invasion of Bardo Arts Center. A combination of humor and life lessons, Zombies on Campus demonstrates how to overcome adversity and find humor in every situation.
“This story causes these students who are doing the production of a Scottish play to come together, get over their differences and work together to, in essence, survive, in a very funny way,” said D.V. Caitlyn, writer and director of the show. [Read more...]
Western Carolina University will be hosting the last Open House of the semester on Saturday, Nov. 9.
The Office of Admission runs the Open house, where students and their parents have a chance to discover what academic programs WCU has to offer. Many departments, student services, and student organizations will be there to answer any questions the prospective students may have. Philip Cauley, Director of Student Recruitment and Retention, said the point of Open house is to “kick the tires and take WCU for a test drive.”
According to the Open House Committee, there are 2,038 prospective students and their guests pre-registered to come this weekend.
There will be different sessions offered through out the day to provide information about the campus, in addition to a tour around campus. The academic assembly will provide a detailed and personal way to learn about the different departments in the Ramsey Center, starting at 8:30 a.m. After the initial session, the students will go to their chosen academic program that interests them and go to a location on campus where they will get more information on that subject as well as meet some of the professors. In the afternoon there will be an Information Fair in the University Center, where the guests can explore student services, organizations and ways for students to get involved at events that may interest each individual.
“Open house gives students and their families a chance to shop for the information that they want or need,”Cauley said.
Main Street was the main place to be on Friday night as the annual Western Carolina Homecoming Parade made its way to downtown Sylva. The temperature may have been dropping, but it didn’t seem to bother anyone. Local families gathered along the curbs and some, along with students, jumped in the back of their parallel-parked cars to take in the fun.
Fun is exactly what it was.
The parade could be built up to be this momentous time for the people of Sylva and the Western Carolina representatives, but it isn’t need. The smiles on people’s faces said it all. They were just having a good time.
That was precisely the intention.
“Fight on you Catamounts, fight for purple and gold.” This first phrase of the fight song instills a type of comradery you won’t find anywhere else. As a Catamount, you don’t just learn the fight song.
You live it.
And the echoes it created through Main Street brought more chills down the spines of students than the chilled fall breeze. It’s quite uplifting to see something as simple as a parade rally a group of people.
Floats representing the WCU Dance Team, Catamount cheerleaders, many of the fraternities and sororities, residence halls, local fire and police departments, the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, and many more rolled down Main Street in exuberance of the unabashed school pride this area shows.
Even Olympic silver-medalist Manteo Mitchell came to be apart of the fun.
But tomorrow there won’t be as many fun and games with the titles of Homecoming King and Queen still up for grabs. Ten representatives of the Homecoming court, five girls and five guys, are looking to wear the crown that so few have a chance to wear.
It isn’t that dramatic, but it is still kind of a big deal.
Mary Hannah Hughes, running for Homecoming queen as part of the Orientation program, said the parade was all about the float.
Jill West, running for queen as part of the Teaching Fellows program, had a little bit more to say.
Check out the video below.