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Student fees set to rise at ECU after McCrory bill signing

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina University students will see an increase of student fees after Governor Pat McCrory signed off on hundreds of millions of dollars to improve campuses in the UNC system.

The fee hikes will be phased in over a period of three years to $425 in order to pay for two new student centers at ECU's uptown and health sciences campuses.

Virginia Hardy, Ph.D., ECU's Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, says students support these fee hikes and were made fully aware of them. 

But it didn't take long for 9 On Your Side to find students who weren't aware of these fee hikes.

"I guess when I think about it, it's something that is important to the school," ECU junior Caitlin Coats said. "But I think maybe we should have had some sort of vote or something to let us know before that happens."
     
The bill gives the green light for more than $375 million in improvements.

With the signing, ECU is approved to use a big chunk of that money. $156 million will go to improve the Mendenhall Student Center, the health sciences building, and a new parking deck.

NC State is getting $35 million to renovate historic Reynolds Coliseum, including adding air conditioning.
     
And $32-million is going to upgrade a chilled water plant at UNC-Chapel Hill.


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