Debra Crawford: CMC keeps cost low

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— In a recent article in the Steamboat Today about the planned tuition increase at Colorado Mountain College, there was reference to its cause. I would like to clarify that CMC's board of trustees voted to increase tuition - the first tuition increase the college has seen in three years - so that the end user, the student, would be taking on more of their share of the cost of their own education.

As anyone knows who's been looking into colleges, tuition across the country has been skyrocketing in recent years. Because of the support of our local communities in the six-county district we serve, CMC has been fortunate to be able to keep the cost of a college education affordable.

We don't know yet what other colleges in the state will charge next year. But even if you compare our 2008-09 tuition and fees with other colleges' charges for the current academic year, we have the lowest in-state tuition of any public college in Colorado, and are within a few dollars per semester of the lowest in-district tuition in the state.

Debra Crawford

Director of Public Information

Colorado Mountain College

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