Instructor Rebecca Potter leads a discussion in her Ethnic Literature course at the Colorado Mountain College campus in Steamboat Springs on Monday afternoon.

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Instructor Rebecca Potter leads a discussion in her Ethnic Literature course at the Colorado Mountain College campus in Steamboat Springs on Monday afternoon.

CMC tuition to rise

Increasing cost of energy, faculty salaries push price higher

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— Colorado Mountain College is increasing its tuition rates for the first time in three years.

Rising faculty salaries and the increased cost to maintain the college's 11 campuses are contributing factors to the hike, said CMC's director of public information Debbie Crawford.

"We are dealing with trying to pay employees competitive rates, with institutional expenses going up, such as energy costs," she said. "We are dealing with the same rising expenses that other businesses, schools and nonprofits are, but we are still the best deal around. Really good value for what we do charge."

Crawford noted tuition for the fall semester will increase from $43 to $45 a credit hour for in-district students, from $72 to $75 a credit hour for in-state students, and from $231 to $235 a credit hour for out-of-state students.

"For in-district students, it's only going up $2 per credit hour, so if someone is taking 12 credit hours, it's only going up $24 per semester," she said.

Crawford said CMC is the least expensive in-district tuition option for students in the state.

"We want to keep tuition affordable, but we want to make sure the end-user, the student, is paying a little bit more," she said.

The college's low tuition is a reflection of the fact that CMC receives significant funding from property taxes, Crawford said.

"Raising tuition some will help ease the burden for taxpayers who also carry that burden," she said. "It's evening out that balance between taxpayer and student."

Katlyn Stout, 19, is part of the largest-ever student body at CMC's Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs, said Brian Hoza, the college's director of student services.

The number of full-time, degree-seeking students at the two-year community college is up by 3.8 percent from Aug. 1, 2006.

"It's pretty cheap out of state for school, but it's still expensive for me and costs a lot of money," said Stout, who has lived on campus at CMC since moving to Steamboat from St. Paul, Minn.

The second-year student said she is struggling to pay out-of-state tuition.

"I pay my own tuition - not my parents - and I work at the campus bookstore to get by," Stout said. "It's already expensive enough to live here as it is."

Comments

dawg 6 years, 4 months ago

"Least expensive in-district tuition option for students in the state...It's pretty cheap out of state for school...we are still the best deal around..." With enrollment at an all-time high, it would seem that the increase in tuition is quite small for all involved. CMC is one of only two out of 15 junior colleges state-wide that receives the majority of its funding from property taxes. I would gladly shift the $600 I pay to CMC towards the RE2 district as I believe we must educate our local kids K-12. I don't think we have a responsibility to subsidize CMC students. "It's already expensive enough to live here as it is".

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jack legrice 6 years, 4 months ago

Just another whiner. I can't afford to live here. Go back to where you came from and go to a state school there!! If a lously $4.00 is going to break you you shouldn't be here. I am getting sick of all the the people thinking they they have a right to our tax monies. child care, housing , airline sub,the list just gets longer every day. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

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OnTheBusGus 6 years, 4 months ago

Well since the person interviewed is an out of state student, at $4 a credit the increase is slight, so why is she whining? However, that student did choose to travel all the way across the country to attend a 2-year community college. How do they talk their parents into that?

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