Future and current Wyoming community college students will be spending more for their college education starting in the fall of 2019.
The Wyoming Community College Commission voted Oct. 16 to raise the tuition cap from 12 credits to 15. Students pay tuition on a per-credit-hour basis until the tuition cap is reached; students are not charged for credit hours above the cap. Last year, the commission voted to lift the tuition cap entirely, which would have required students to pay for each credit, before reversing course.
According to Laramie County Community College President Dr. Joe Schaffer, the revised tuition cap is a good thing for LCCC and its students. LCCC administrators supported this change to help students graduate in two years, Schaffer said.
“If it’s a 60-credit associates degree, students need to take at least 15 credits a semester to complete the degree within two years,” Schaffer said.
Schaffer added that he and the Board of Trustees supported the new tuition cap, because they want students to meet their degree requirements on time.
In addition to the credit cap increase, the WCCC decided to raise tuition for in-state students from $94 to $99 a credit starting in fall 2019. At LCCC, in-state students will pay a combined tuition and fees rate of $147.75 per credit hour, an increase from $142.75 students pay this academic year. This would bring an in-state student’s 15-credit total to $2,216.25 per semester in tuition and fees.
Tuition will increase to $297 per credit hour for out-of-state students and $148 per credit hour for students in the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program.
According to Schaffer, he and the Trustees did not support the tuition increase. Also not supporting the increase was Western Wyoming Community College.
“We didn’t see the need to do a double whammy, with the increase in tuition cap and price of tuition,” Schaffer said.
Schaffer said that he appreciates the policy direction that the WCCC is adopting, but that his preference would have been to increase just the tuition cap for 2019-2020 and to look at a per-credit-hour increase in 2020-2021. .