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ACC to Hike Tuition Next Year

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ACC's Rio Grande Campus downtown. Austin Community College students will be paying more to attend classes in the fall.

Classes at Austin Community College will be a little more expensive next year.

The ACC Board of Trustees cite declining state funding as the reason for the increase of $5 per credit hour for Fall 2011.  That means that students in the ACC taxation district would pay $52 per credit hour.  Out-of-district students tuition will rise to $194 per hour.  The board already voted to raise tuition for Summer semester by another $5 per hour.  They also expect they'll have to raise tuition again for Spring 2012.In a news release from the college, Board President Dr. Barbara Mink said the tuition hike was "an unfortunate necessity."  Budget packages under consideration in the legislature would dramatically reduce state support to community colleges.  ACC is also continuing with plans that would increase class limits, create schedule and institutional efficiencies and reduce administrative budgets by 10 percent.

Austin Community College had a record enrollment of 45,056 students for Spring semester, with enrollment growing by about 4,000 students each year.

Ian Crawford joined KUT as News Editor in 2008, after spending over four years as a reporter/anchor at KLBJ Radio in Austin. He began his broadcasting career while still in high school in Southern Oregon. During high school and college at the University of Oregon, he worked at times as a reporter, news anchor, sports play-by-play reporter, music host and commercial producer before moving to Texas in 2003.
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