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4/13/2012 6:00:00 AM
MCC Board to consider tuition increase

KINGMAN - The Mohave Community College Board of Governors will be asked to approve an increase in tuition of $2 per credit hour for the 2012-2013 academic year at its April meeting today.

The college has raised tuition between $4 and $5 per credit hour each year since 2004. College administration says this has been done to bring the percentage of the overall cost of higher education paid by students into alignment with national ratios, and to offset revenue shortfalls from the state of Arizona.

The Board will also be asked to ratify the award of a contract for the installation of a larger water supply line on the Bullhead City campus.

Time constraints forced MCC President Michael Kearns to seek Board approval to award the contract to the lowest bidder, Lewis Equipment Services, in the amount of $256,300.

The Board also plans to consider fee changes for two programs, Medical Assisting and General Education Degree testing. In the Medical Assisting program, two classes were retired, one added and one revised. There is no net change in fees to the students.

The GED testing fee, which is set by the state, will be $80 for all five sections of the test and $15 per section for students to retest.

Another vote will involve a new regulation handed down by the U.S. Department of Education that requires institutions of higher learning to obtain approval from other states when the college is operating within the boundaries of another state.

The Board will have to vote to allow MCC to enter into an agreement with neighboring states to offer courses and clinical instruction to MCC students, and in some instances, to approve the use of distance education faculty who reside in those states.

Another federal regulation, effective July 1, will require newly enrolled students to have a high school diploma or GED in order to receive federal financial aid. Previously, students only needed to show the ability to benefit from college instruction or to successfully complete six credit hours of college classes.

The Governing Board meeting will begin at 10:15 a.m. today in the Interactive Television classroom in Building 500 on the Kingman campus, 1971 Jagerson Ave.

Before the meeting - at 10 a.m. - the Board will hold a Truth in Taxation hearing to vote on an increase in the district's total primary property tax rate. A yes vote would allow the college to implement the 2-percent tax levy increase for inflation, which is allowed by state law. This change will raise MCC's tax levy from 0.01074 to 0.01095 for 2012-2013, generating $384,484 from the additional levy of $2.15 per year on property valued at $100,000.

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