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Tuition increase unlikely to have much impact on Central Wyoming College

Mar 1, 2017 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Central Wyoming College president Brad Tyndall doesn't think the tuition increase the Wyoming Community College Commission recently approved will have much of an impact on local students.

Instead, he said, the increase will allow CWC to weather cuts anticipated from the Wyoming Legislature this year.

$5 increase

On Feb. 9, the WCCC approved a $5 per credit increase in tuition for 2017-2018.

During a Feb. 22 meeting of the CWC Board of Trustees, Tyndall said the change would generate about $150,000 for the school - "more than enough" to balance cuts that could come from the Wyoming Legislature.

He anticipated a $600,000 reduction in community college funding from the Legislature. CWC's portion of the cut would amount to about $50,000.

Cap

The WCCC also removed the 12-credit cap on tuition payments for the 2018-2019 academic year. Tyndall doesn't think that change will be detrimental either.

Currently, he explained, students who take more than a full class load only have to pay for 12 credits - any credits beyond 12 are free.

There aren't many students who take more than 12 credits, however.

"It's a relatively small number," Tyndall said.

If a needy student paying for college through the federal Pell program does choose to enroll in extra classes, he added, there likely is plenty of grant money to cover the additional expense.

Tyndall said most CWC students who have been awarded Pell grants fail to use all of the money.

"There's still enough in an average Pell package to pay that extra cost," he said.
 

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