EPCC says enrollment, renovations behind proposed tuition & fee hike
EL PASO (KTSM) — El Paso Community College officials say a clash between declining enrollment and future plans for its campuses are behind a proposed hike in tuition and fees for the 2014-2015 school year.
EPCC is proposing increasing its tuition rate of $76 per credit hour to $77. Administrators are also looking at raising the current general use fee of $10 per credit hour to $13.
The proposal would amount to a hike of roughly $48 per semester for a student taking 12 hours next fall.
Administrators have also suggested raising the general use fee to $15 in 2015, then to $16 in 2016.
College finance and budget officials said the money collected from the general use fee would be put toward EPCC’s master plan, which could include campus expansions and renovations.
EPCC President William Sarrato said all figures are preliminary and that a final decision would most likely come in June.
“That’s a pretty big increase,” said Rio Grande campus student Delia Navarro.
“EPCC is supposed to be something affordable…somewhere to start.”