The N.C. Central University marching band's triumphant trip to the Tournament of Roses parade ended up costing a bit less than expected.
Still, the university wasn't able to raise the total sum through private donations. Thus, it used about $130,000 from a student fee account to cover the difference.
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The total cost was $430,950, far less than the $500,000 university officials had estimated after learning in late 2009 that it had earned the coveted invitation to the Jan. 1. parade in Pasadena, Calif.
NCCU then went on a huge, frantic fundraising drive, since sending hundreds of band members across the company with their uniforms, trumpets, flutes and tubas isn't cheap.
The university raised about $300,000 towards that effort. The difference, $129,345, was paid through student activity fees. That's a fee each student pays that funds a variety of student organizations and efforts like the band, student groups and intramural sports.
The $129,345 is a lot to shell out from that fund for one event, but Chancellor Charlie Nelms said its a perfectly suitable use of the money.
"There's a range of things it supports," he said of the student fee fund. "It's like your household budget. You might spend a little less on something and a little more on something, depending on your needs."