Dec. 5, 2012, 11:06 p.m.

President opposed to WCCC tuition hike

At the Dec. 5 Board of Trustees’ study session, Laramie County Community College’s president said he was against any hike in tuition at the college for the upcoming academic year.

President Dr. Joe Schaffer said the Wyoming Community College Commission, slated to meet Dec. 19, is looking at a 5 percent increase in tuition for all seven community colleges. Schaffer said he didn’t have all the information, but he added he would like to give feedback to the WCCC and let it know he wants to keep LCCC affordable to its students.

The trustees’ treasurer, Ed Mosher, said the WCCC increased tuition a lot a while back, and since then the commission decided to start increasing tuition a little every year so it wouldn’t have to increase it a lot all at once. Community college tuition is determined by the WCCC, and the individual colleges set their fees.

Last year, the WCCC increased tuition by $4 a credit hour effective at the beginning of the fall 2012 semester, and Dr. Jim Rose, executive director of WCCC, said after analyzing other colleges’ tuition, the WCCC didn’t want to be out of sync. Rose added the WCCC went for the $4 increase rather than raising the tuition cap that allows for students who are taking more than 12 credits (full time) not to pay extra for those additional credits.

Schaffer said he would voice his opinion to the WCCC and added he believed it was good to keep tuition low for the students. “Being at the bottom in tuition is a great thing,” Schaffer said.