Community Colleges Set Tuition for 2010-11
For Immediate Release -June 22, 2010
Contact: Shannon Reid, 271-2795
Federal aid, scholarship increases expected to offset expense for neediest students
Concord, N.H. - Noting the need to meet increased demand in the face of diminished state resources, the trustees of the state’s community college system approved a 6.5% increase in tuition for the upcoming academic year. The move will add $36 to the cost of a course. For students taking a full-time course load, the change adds $288-$360 per year. Annual tuition for students taking a minimum full-time course load will be $4,680.
Board of Trustees chairman Paul Holloway emphasized the importance of maintaining modern learning environments as greater numbers of students flock to community colleges during a troubled economy. “Across the country we hear about community colleges closing their doors to students at a time when students most need the opportunities these colleges were created to provide,” Holloway said. “In New Hampshire, we have been able to accommodate the increasing numbers of students of all ages who come to the community colleges seeking an affordable education and career training. Education beyond high school, whether a degree program or specialized career training, benefits the individual and the state through increased lifetime earnings, decreased reliance on public assistance, and the professional skills to fuel New Hampshire’s economic recovery.”
The community colleges have been able to hold tuition flat in two of the last five years, but now face diminished state support at a time when enrollment is growing. “The number of students we serve and the needs we meet continue to grow,” Holloway said. “The continued strain on state budgets means that tuition plays a vital role in meeting increased student enrollments. The community colleges provide a great value. We will not accept a scenario where we allow the quality of education to decline at a time when people need skills to prosper in a difficult economy.”
System Chancellor Richard Gustafson noted that increases to federal scholarship programs ensure that the neediest students will have the financial resources to afford tuition. At the same time, scholarship support through the Community Colleges Foundation continues to increase, with $2.4 million awarded last year compared to $1.6 million the year before. Gustafson also noted that nearly half of CCSNH students are part-time, and thus spread their educational costs over more than four semesters. “The Community Colleges distributed over $61 million from all aid sources in 2009-10, and we expect to channel even more financial aid to New Hampshire students in the upcoming academic year,” Gustafson said.
CCSNH continues initiatives to increase college access and affordability. The community colleges partner with NH high schools and Adult Education Centers on the Running Start program, giving students in high schools and GED programs the opportunity to earn concurrent college credit. Last year, CCSNH created an online version called eStart, enabling high school students to take courses on line for concurrent college and high school credit. CCSNH is also working to address gaps in high school math curriculum in order to decrease the number of students entering college who require remedial math courses. CCSNH has also successfully competed for federal funds to develop academic programs targeted to high-growth fields, such as health information technology.
TUITION RATE CHANGES, PER CREDIT:
|In-State (92% of CCSNH students are NH residents)||$183||$195|
|New England Regional Student Program||$274||$293|
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The community college system of NH consists of seven colleges, offering associate degree and certificate programs, plus short-term professional training. The system's colleges are Great Bay Community College in Stratham and Portsmouth; Lakes Region Community College in Laconia; Manchester Community College; Nashua Community College; NHTI - Concord's Community College; River Valley Community College in Claremont and Keene; and White Mountains Community College in Berlin.