College board considers first tuition hike in three years
By Jason Stuart
Ranger-Review Staff Writer
Dawson Community College is giving serious consideration to raising its tuition.
The DCC Board of Trustees discussed the matter at its meeting Monday, and has scheduled a special meeting for this Wednesday to tackle the issue.
“The college hasn’t increased tuition in some time,” DCC President Michael Simon said. “We are significantly lower than any other institution in Montana.”
DCC’s tuition and fees for a full-time student — which is 12 credit hours per semester — is $1,233 per semester for an in-district student.
That figure puts DCC not only well behind the state’s four-year institutions, but also far lower than Montana’s two other non-tribal community colleges.
“What (MCC) has done is take a very intentional approach of increasing tuition based on the consumer price index or some objective constant like that,” Simon said.
Meanwhile, DCC has not kept up with those factors.
However, Simon isn’t recommending DCC jump tuition rates up to be in keeping with MCC or even FVCC.
He is currently recommending the board adopt a 15 percent increase in tuition beginning this fall. That would equal an increase of $369 per year for a full-time student.
According to Simon, what a full-time student pays in tuition at DCC only covers 16 percent of the cost of education, and the proposed tuition raise would only increase that figure by 1 percent.
“Value is equal to price over quality,” he said. “We want to make sure we’re collecting enough from a cost standpoint to provide quality.”
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