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Fall Semester 2010

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Dear Parents and Students,

It's with great pride we begin Fall Semester 2010 at Elizabeth City State University. We remain committed to our mission to offer our students the best education possible despite the challenges of the current economy. On July 22, 2010, ECSU received notification that fiscal year 2010-2011 approved state budget, which includes funding for the 16 campus University of North Carolina system, had been officially certified by the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM). The certification process establishes the specific amount of the state budget that is allocated to various state agencies and institutions, including the University of North Carolina system.

Based on the certified state budget, the following tuition and fee rates for 2010-2011 are established for ECSU:

  • $4,691 for resident undergraduates
  • $14,328 for non-resident undergraduates
  • $4,462 for resident graduate students
  • $14,240 for non-resident graduate students

While raising tuition is never an easy decision, the increases in tuition and fee rates were necessary to protect the integrity of ECSU's core academic programs, as well as to ensure the quality of the overall student experience.  We sought and received valuable input from Student Government Association President Damika Howard. While she and other students were disappointed to hear that fee increases were necessary, they were encouraged to learn that those increases would yield funds for need based scholarships.

ECSU administrators, like others across the University of North Carolina system, faced difficult decisions again this year. Overall, the state budget that emerged from the 2010 North Carolina General Assembly was fairly good to the UNC campuses. The budget included funds to meet need-based financial aid for North Carolina's students and funds to support enrollment growth throughout the UNC system.  Additionally, the budget restored funding for the operation of several new buildings on the campuses.  The new state-of-the art pharmacy building on ECSU's campus, for instance, will receive in excess of $500,000 per year for annual maintenance, operations and upkeep.

In closing, I acknowledge the work that our legislators did for the UNC system, and thank UNC President Erskine Bowles for the excellent leadership that he, as well as his leadership team, provided to all UNC campuses during this most uncertain budget process.  His clear direction, unwavering support for a high quality, affordable education for all students, and his advocacy for protecting the academic core was influential during 2010 General Assembly session.

Let's make the most of our resources and the opportunity before us to have a great Viking year!

Chancellor Willie J. Gilchrist