WWCC to look at tuition hike


WALLA WALLA - The cost of attending community college will continue to rise in the coming year, if tuition increases being proposed by the state Legislature are implemented - and Walla Walla Community College would be among the institutions to take a hit.

The Walla Walla Community College Board of Trustees will discuss preliminary information Wednesday on proposed increases of 11 or 12 percent to tuition at state technical and community colleges.

The state House is proposing an 11 percent tuition increase, while the Senate is proposing 12 percent. Clint Gabbard, vice president of student services at WWCC, said the proposed increases are for the biennial budget, so students would see an 11 or 12 percent increase each of the next two years.

In Walla Walla, that would mean students could soon be paying as much as $3,890 to take a full load of courses, or 15 credits worth of classes, at the college.

If approved at the state and local levels, the increases would mark four years of continued tuition and fee increases at state community and technical colleges. Tuition at WWCC has increased by 7 percent each of the last two years.

Trustees will be meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday in room 201 of the college's Clarkston campus. No action on potential increases will be taken during the meeting, officials said.

The board will likely approve a full tuition schedule, to include tuition and student fee increases, during its May meeting.


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