Tuition at Pulaski Technical College will increase by 3.9 percent beginning with the fall 2009 semester.
The Pulaski Technical College Board of Trustees approved the increase during a regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 26.
In-state tuition will increase $3 per credit hour, from $77 to $80. In-state tuition is capped at $1,680 per semester.
Tuition for out-of-state students will increase $3 per credit hour, from $128 to $131. Tuition for international students will increase $3 per credit hour, from $250 to $253.
The board also approved small increases in four fees:
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.
The tuition and fees increase is necessary to due to a $1.3 million decrease in support from the state, combined with the increasing cost of provide quality education, such as electricity, instructional supplies and technology upgrades. The increase in tuition and fees is expected to generate about $1 million in revenues for the college.
"None of us wants to raise the cost of an education at Pulaski Technical College, but this modest increase is necessary if we are going to keep pace with rising costs," said Dr. Dan F. Bakke, college president. "Even with this increase, Pulaski Tech remains a value, offering a university-transfer curriculum at about half the cost of what four-year universities in central Arkansas charge."
Pulaski Technical College is a comprehensive, two-year college that serves the educational needs of central Arkansas through more than 80 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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