CMC considers across the board tuition hikes |

CMC considers across the board tuition hikes

Across-the-board tuition hikes top the agenda at today’s Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees meeting in Eagle.There’s also a proposal to give Northern Ute Nation members in-district tuition rates, according to the board meeting’s agenda and related memos.The increases, which would be implemented in the 2002-2003 fiscal year, break down as follows:-In-district: $41 per credit hour ($40 currently);-In-state: $69 ($66 currently);-Out-of-state: $220 ($215 currently);-Industry: $82 ($80 currently);-Out-of-state modified: $82 ($80 currently).A memo to the trustees gave pros and cons for each category.For students who live in the college district, reasons for the dollar increase include the fact that the current $40 per hour is one of the lowest rates in the country. Also, tuition revenues and state reimbursements have decreased as a percentage in relation to property tax collections after voters approved a ballot issue in 2000, the memo continued.A reason for not increasing in-district tuition is because students already pay property taxes to the college district.Reasons for providing in-district rates to Northern Ute Indians include the fact the Utes are indigenous to the CMC district and were driven out, and the college’s Administrative Leadership Team considers the rate change to be “a moral responsibility.”One reason against the change is that other ethnic groups may feel they should have the same privilege.If in-state Ute Indians are given in-district rates, the typical full-time student would save $840 per year under the proposed structure.Other colleges that give tuition breaks to some Native Americans, depending on tribe or reservation, include the University of Colorado at Boulder and Colorado State University.In-district tuition for a typical, full-time student is currently $1,200 per year. The increase would put the tuition for two semesters at $1,230. Average in-state tuition at the University of Colorado at Boulder is $2,618.The college’s in-district tuition was last increased in 2000, when it went from $38 to $40. In 1990, in-district tuition was $25 per hour.

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