Pulaski Tech announces 2.5 percent tuition increase

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Tuition at Pulaski Technical College will increase by 2.5 percent for in-state students beginning with the fall 2010 semester.

The Pulaski Technical College Board of Trustees unanimously approved the increase during a regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 25.[more]

Tuition costs will increase $2 per credit hour, from $80 to $82 for in-state residents. Tuition for out-of-state students will increase $4 per credit hour from $131 to $135, and tuition for international students will increase $14 per credit hour from $253 to $267. In-state tuition is capped at $1,722 per semester.

The increase will cost a full-time student taking 15 credit hours per semester an extra $30 per semester. The current fees will remain the same for the 2010-11 academic school year.

The Pulaski Technical College Board of Trustees reviews tuition adjustments in January each year in order to give current and new students plenty of time to prepare for the fall semester and to publicize the information. Registration for the fall semester begins in April.

“We had hoped to get by a year without an increase in tuition, but with the events over the past week or so, we thought it necessary,” college president Dr. Dan F. Bakke said, referring to state budget cuts announced earlier this month. “We do not want to cut any services that our students have come to depend on.”

The tuition increase is projected to generate about $395,000 in additional revenue in 2010-11.

Trustees also cited rising costs of energy, gas and utilities combined with the higher costs of providing instruction, equipment and services to the college’s growing enrollment. With more than 10,000 students, the college remains the state’s largest two-year college.

“We have to look ahead and try to plan accordingly,” said James Herzfeld, chair of the Board of Trustees Finance Committee.

Pulaski Technical College is a comprehensive, two-year college that serves the educational needs of central Arkansas through more than 90 occupational/technical degree and certificate programs, a university-transfer curriculum and specialized programs for business and industry.

The college’s mission is to provide access to high quality education that promotes student learning, to enable individuals to develop to their fullest potential and to support the economic development of the state.

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