Tuition to be raised in the fall of 2017

The Wyoming Community College Commission recently announced tuition will be raised starting in fall 2017.

On Thursday, Feb. 9, the WCCC voted to raise tuition within community colleges starting next academic year. The tuition increase will be $5 per credit for residents, $8 per credit for Western Undergraduate Exchange Students and $15 per credit for non-residents.

Along with the tuition increase, the commission voted to remove the tuition cap starting in fall 2018. Under the tuition cap, full-time students who are enrolled in 12 hours or more are charged for the cost of 12 hours. Now community colleges will charge for all credits, similar to what the University of Wyoming does.

The commission agreed to keep tuition frozen in 2018 at the new rates.

“Generally, my position since I’ve been here has been to keep tuition as low as possible, specifically because I think affordability is one of the hallmarks of a community college,” President Dr. Joe Schaffer said.

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Be sure to watch the replay of the Feb. 15,
Board of Trustees meeting

Commissions to decide whether or not to raise tuition

Due to the recent budget cuts that have affected Laramie County Community College as well as other schools and entities across the state, there is concern that tuition will rise in an effort to soften the impact. The Wyoming Community College Commission will discuss the current tuition rate at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 9 at the Pathfinder building. The goal of tuition cost is to remain “as nearly free as possible.” In order for this to happen, the WCCC has biannual meetings to determine if this is being accomplished. Jim Rose, executive director of the WCCC, said that tuition is determined by the affordability and sustainability paired with the property taxes, state aid, and comparison to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education that compares college pricing against other colleges in a specified area.

The recent elections of 2016 elections named the new incoming members of the LCCC Board of Trustees, which controls the price of fees while the WCCC controls the cost of tuition. Because the meetings with the WCCC are biannual, the current price of tuition is more than likely to remain stable.

Commission members decided to maintain the cost of tuition at the last meeting, but President Dr. Joe Schaffer said that in a crisis situation, tuition could be raised by a majority vote. Other ideas that have been viewed as possible solutions without raising tuition include removing the cap on credit hours or raising the price of certain programs. Currently there is a cap on credits that allows the student to pay tuition up to 12 credit hours, but any amount taken over that is free. If the commission chooses to remove the cap, students that take more than 12 credit hours will see an increase in tuition costs.

WCCC is also looking at the cost of certain degree programs versus others. This would mean that the programs that cost more to teach, and yield more of a profit to the student once in the career would cost more for the student to take the course load than someone in a less expensive major.

College to host WACCT award

On Wednesday Feb. 8, Laramie County Community College will host the Wyoming Association of Community College Trustees award.

The Wyoming Association of Community College Trustees is an organization of community college governing boards that represent the 49 elected trustees who work for the seven community colleges in Wyoming. “On Feb. 8, the seven different colleges will come together, and each of the colleges will enter different categories and the Wyoming Association of Community College Trustees will gather once a year. Seven trustees from each of the different colleges nominate top members of each category,” Lisa Murphy, director of Alumni Affairs and Event Planning, said. The categories and nominations are:

Each college nominates who they believe to be the best candidates from their colleges, and Erin Taylor, who works for the Wyoming Association of Community Colleges, gathers judges to review their nominations and choose the winners

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Committee to consider appropriating funds for clubs

Applications for student groups to receive student fee money for the 2017-2018 school year are due Feb. 17.

Students who are seeking money for their student group can fill out the application by Feb. 17 and the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee will then deliberate and vote to approve the funds or deny them.

Student groups at Laramie County Community College are funded by the student fees paid by each LCCC student. SFAC is made up of elected members from the Student Government Association. Each student who wishes to get a club approved for a percentage of those funds will be required to make a presentation to SGA sometime after the February deadline. Those presentations are intended to show SGA the funds will be put to good use by the student group making the request. A student group is defined in the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee Procedure, section 4, paragraph H as “groups formed to enhance the educational, social, cultural, or recreational needs of students.” The procedure is available on the LCCC website.

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