April 19, 2012
By Chad Fewell | Ranger Reporter
STUDENTS WHO plan to attend Amarillo College in the fall are facing a tuition increase as another effort to handle budget cuts.
In-district students will be faced with a 10 percent increase overall in cost, paying $7 more per credit hour. Out-of-district students will pay $10 more per credit hour, a 9.5 percent increase, and out-of-state students will pay $11 more, a 6.6 percent increase, according to the 2012-2013 tuition and fee proposal the board of regents approved at its regular meeting last month.
The increase was amended to include a $1 tutoring fee to help fund the staffing of AC’s Science and Outreach Centers.
“We don’t take any joy in it, but we have no choice,” said AC president Dr. Paul Matney
“Poverty is usually described as economic hardship, but it’s also got a technical use, and that is to verify where people fall under the poverty line,” said LuLu Cowan, special assistant to the president.
During the 2001-2002 academic school year, 3,502 students out of 8,757 received Pell Grants.
Ten years later, during the 2010-2011 academic school year, 6,084 students of 12,149 students were receiving Pell Grants.
“The poverty threshold for two parents and two children in 2010 was four people living in a family making $22,113 or less a year,” Cowan said.
AC also has opened a website specifically for finding and using resources available both inside the school and in the community.
The Benefit Bank includes Amarillo College and community resources – with numbers and specific details needed – and a list of the top 10 student needs, all available on the website.
“We created our website to link it to other ones that are more extensive because they’ve already got them up and running, they’re well maintained and they keep them current,” Cowan said.
“There isn’t any reason for us to recreate that.”
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