COE Program Enhancement Fee — Your Fee At Work

What is the COE Program Enhancement Fee for engineering students?

The COE Program Enhancement Fee is a fee that pays for enhancements to the learning experience of undergraduate and graduate students in engineering and computer science. These enhancements include targeted student programs, student computing services and new equipment and laboratories.

Please note that this is a fee and not a differential tuition. This means that the COE Program Enhancement Fee cannot be used to hire additional faculty, create additional course sections or other instructional items that are provided through state funding or tuition.

Why does the College of Engineering charge a program enhancement fee?

Our ability to provide you with the highest quality engineering education depends on being able to develop, sustain and grow programs of excellence that enhance your educational experience and your marketability. Since technology is also changing so rapidly these days, our ability to provide relevant engineering education and prepare you for entering the workforce requires that equipment and laboratories keep pace with these advancing technologies.

And it’s not just at NC State. Practically every public institution with engineering programs ranked higher than or equal to NC State charge a differential tuition or additional fee. So in 2015, the UNC Board of Governors approved the COE Program Enhancement Fee to ensure that we can keep up with our peers in terms of resources needed to provide the highest quality engineering education.

Who pays the COE Program Enhancement Fee?

All undergraduate and graduate students majoring in engineering and computer science.

What is the current cost of COE Program Enhancement Fee?

The enhancement fee is $1,000 for the 2016-17 academic year.

How are my COE Program Enhancement Fee dollars invested?

All money raised through the COE Program Enhancement Fee is invested to enhance undergraduate and graduate education and research including:

What is the proposed increase?

The proposal is for the COE Program Enhancement Fee to increase by $500 to a total of $1,500 for the 2017-18 academic year. There are no plans to increase the fee above $1,500 at this time.

When will the increase take affect?

If approved, the increase will take effect 2017-18 academic year.

How will the new funds be used?

To develop additional student programs, grow and enhance existing student programs, and maintain and enhance student computing services and infrastructure, research equipment, and laboratory facilities to keep pace with changing technology.

How have current funds been invested?

2015-16 COE Program Enhancement Fee Expenditures were as follows:

  • 35% Targeted Student Programs
  • 25% Student Computing Services
  • 40% New Research Equipment and Laboratories