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9:52 AM Thu, Dec. 13th

Tuition hikes on MCC agenda

KINGMAN - Preparations for the next fiscal year, including tuition hikes, will dominate the agenda for this morning's meeting of the Mohave Community College Board of Governors.

The college is proposing a $5 per credit hour increase in tuition for in-state students, putting in-state tuition at $74 per credit hour, with an additional hike for out-of-state tuition, which is set to rise to $296 per credit hour. According to MCC President Michael Kearns, the tuition hike is a necessity due to large cuts being implemented by the state Legislature in order to solve its deficit crisis.

"The college is facing a 50-percent cut in state funding for the next fiscal year," Kearns said. "We don't expect the students to make up that kind of shortfall; that would take an $18 increase in tuition.

So reducing expenses, partnered with a more reasonable increase in tuition, is our best course of action."

Out-of-state students who qualify for the Western Undergraduate Exchange rate will pay one and a half times the in-state rate, or $111 per credit hour. The WUE rate is available to students in neighboring states, for all courses except those in most allied health programs.

The board will also be asked to approve the academic calendar, course and program fees, for 2011-2012.

The governing board meeting will take place at 10 a.m. in the Interactive Television classroom, Room 508, on the Bullhead City campus at 3400 Highway 95. It will also be broadcast locally in Building 500 on the Neal Campus-Kingman, 1971 Jagerson Ave.