Colorado Mountain College lowers tuition for children of second-home owners |

Colorado Mountain College lowers tuition for children of second-home owners

Alli Langley


Monday, March 16

Summit Middle School, Music Concert, 6 p.m.

Summit High School, Boys Lacrosse vs. Green Mtn., 4 p.m.

Tuesday, March 17

Summit Middle School, Parent Teacher Conferences, 4-7:30 p.m.

Summit High School, Girls Soccer vs. Battle Mtn., 4 p.m.

Wednesday, March 18

All elementary schools, Kindergarten Roundup, 6-7 p.m.

Summit Middle School, Parent Teacher Conferences, 4-7:30 p.m.

Summit High School, Parent Teacher Conferences, 3:30-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 19

Summit High School, BAAC, 7:30 a.m.

Summit High School, Girls Soccer vs. Green Mtn., 4 p.m.

Friday, March 20

No School

Saturday, March 21

Summit Middle School, Gymnastics Tournament

For the first time, Colorado residents with second homes in Colorado Mountain College’s district will be able to take advantage of the most affordable college tuition in the state.

At its meeting in Rifle on Monday, March 9, the college’s board of trustees unanimously voted for changes in tuition discounts, including expanding the college’s in-district classification to include state residents, and their dependents, who also own residential property in the six-county CMC district.

Students who qualify for in-district classification pay $57 per credit hour for associate-level classes and $99 per credit hour for bachelor’s-level classes. Previously, second-home owners and their dependents were eligible for higher in-state tuition rates.

“Second-home owners are paying property taxes, and those tax revenues allow us to keep our tuition the most affordable in Colorado for our in-district students,” said Carrie Besnette Hauser, president and CEO of the college. “This seems a more equitable approach.”

The trustees also approved limitations on eligibility for the Western Undergraduate Exchange program, a regional program that provides discounted tuition for students from several Western states. Students already receiving that discount are grandfathered in.

At the board’s previous meeting, trustees kept the tuition rate for the 2015-16 academic year for in-district students enrolled in associate-degree-level courses the same and approved zero increases in tuition for in-district, in-service-area, in-state and out-of-state students in bachelor’s-level courses.

“Our trustees have been considering a long-term strategy on tuition pricing,” Hauser said. “These are the type of targeted discounts that will help to stabilize our revenues and enrollments, simplify tuition rates and realign college resources to support students.”

Schools host kindergarten, preschool enrollment events

On Wednesday, March 18, Summit County’s public elementary schools will host information meetings to introduce parents to their local kindergarten programs.

Parents can arrive between 6 and 7 p.m. and pre-enroll their children for the 2015-16 year. Child care will be provided.

Children must be 5 years old by Oct. 1 to register, and parents must bring their child’s immunization records, a copy of the child’s birth certificate, proof of residency (utility bill or copy of lease) and any other information pertinent to the child’s education such as special evaluations or medical information.

For more information, parents should call their local elementary school or the district’s Central Offices at 368-1000.

Those unable to attend the Wednesday event may still register their children at the appropriate school between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. through the end of the school year.

The elementary schools will host similar events for parents wishing to register their children in preschool starting this month.

The preschool events are from 4:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Upper Blue Elementary (March 27), Frisco Elementary (April 1), Silverthorne Elementary (March 24 and April 2), Dillon Valley Elementary (March 26 and March 31) and Summit Cove Elementary (March 25).

Children who will be 3 years old or 4 years old by Oct. 1 can attend two or four full days of preschool (Tuesday through Friday), four half days in the mornings, or four half days in the afternoons (available at Dillon Valley and Silverthorne only).

Tuition costs $700 a month for full time (four full days) and $350 a month for part time (two full days or four half days). Families can qualify for tuition assistance to cover all or part of those costs.

Parents should bring their children’s birth certificates, immunization records, emergency contacts and pertinent information about adults authorized to pick-up from school.

Those applying for tuition assistance must also bring proof of residency (utility bill or copy of lease), income verification (2014 tax documents, paystub or a signed income verification letter from your employer available at the school offices).

Bussing is available for preschool students attending their home school.

Those who can’t attend the preschool event can still apply at the Central Administration office, an elementary school office or Early Childhood Options.

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