CMC nudges up tuition costs |

CMC nudges up tuition costs

RIFLE – Colorado Mountain College (CMC) students will shell out a few extra dollars next fall to enroll in classes.Last week, the CMC Board of Trustees voted to increase tuition by 5 percent. The small hike will take effect when the fall semester begins. The college has not had a tuition increase in three years.”We don’t ever like to increase it if we don’t have to,” said CMC spokeswoman Sue Daley. “We try to be fiscally responsible, and sometimes it becomes necessary to meet rising costs. People get pay increases, it costs more to heat the buildings – it costs more to do everything.”In-district tuition rates will rise from $41 per credit to $43 per credit. In-state rates will go up from $69 to $72 per credit. A full courseload includes at least 15 credit hours.CMC’s tuition rates are not vulnerable to the same forces that have Colorado’s four-year colleges worried about dramatic cost increases.”We only depend on the state for 12 percent of our revenue. We have a local tax in our district that provides revenue, so we’re less affected,” Daley said.Those seeking financial aid to attend CMC can apply for CMC Foundation scholarships. The foundation administers over 60 scholarships awarded on the basis of achievement, residency, financial need or career goals. Students received more than $143,000 in scholarship money from the organization for the current school year.Applications and instructions for the scholarships are available in the CMC Foundation Scholarship Guide, or by calling the foundation office at (800) 621-8559, ext. 8355. Scholarship information can be viewed online at application deadline is March 31.

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