Phoenix College

Krystal Sanchez, 20, works on financial aid forms in the library at Phoenix College. She is studying to be a social worker but was only able to afford to take two classes and could face increased tuition in the coming years.

Cronkite News Service Photo by Tessa Muggeridge

The Maricopa Community Colleges governing board approved a $5 tuition increase by a vote of 4-1 Tuesday night.

Under the new tuition, resident students will pay $76 per credit hour. Board member Debra Pearson was the lone vote against the increase.

Resident students taking 30 credit hours per year will pay $2,280 next year. The tuition increased will mean about $12.5 million in additional revenues.

The board also approved a new fee structure for nonresidents students and a package of fees for classes, beginning next school year.

It is the first time in three years tuition has been increased.

During a budget presentation following the tuition vote, Chancellor Rufus Glasper told the board he would ask for a 3 percent tax levy increase for the colleges. The formal tax request will come later this year.

Last year, the governing board for Maricopa County Community College District voted 3-2 on to reject a proposed 2 percent increase to its tax levy.

Maricopa Community Colleges – and all community colleges in the state – are expecting a large cut from state aid next school year.

MCCCD’s current operating budget is $655 million, of which $45.3 million comes from the state. Tuition and local taxes make up much of the rest of the budget.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-6549 or mreese@evtrib.com

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