Students attending Central Texas College in the fall will have to pay more for tuition.
During its monthly meeting Thursday, CTC’s Board of Trustees voted to approve a new tuition rate, effective with the fall semester. But, students won’t have to worry about lab fees associated with certain classes.
The tuition increase is in part due to the college’s memorandum of understanding with the Defense Department, which recently announced universities in the agreement can’t charge additional lab fees, Chancellor Thomas Klincar said. If they do, military students would have to pay the fees out-of-pocket. The college eliminated the fees altogether with the exception of students in the career pilot program and music instruction classes.
Klincar said getting rid of the fees, which range from $5 to $1,000 per course, will offset the tuition hike. It’s going to be an advantage to students. Even students who aren’t military members but their employer has a program where they’ll pay tuition.”
The new in-district tuition rate of $71 per credit hour is a $5 increase from the current rate. The out-of-district rate will go up $7 to $93 per credit hour and the out-of-state tuition rate will increase to $209 per credit hour.
“I, like the rest of the board, feel badly that we are increasing tuition, however, in order to be fair to everybody, especially to CTC, we need to increase tuition,” said Mari Meyer, a board member.
Despite the increase, Klincar said CTC still offers the lowest tuition among adjacent colleges.
“For full-time students taking 12 credit hours per semester, our rates compare quite favorably to those of other schools in the area and is in the lowest 20 percent of all Texas colleges,” he said. “The tuition rate for those 12 hours would total $852 — a savings of more than $100 and as much as $500 compared to other community colleges in and just beyond Central Texas.”