State Increases Copper Mountain College Student Fees

    July 29, 2009


    JOSHUA TREE, Ca – The 2009-2010 school year will start with an increase in enrollment, as well as an increase in tuition for all California Community College Students.

    The California State Legislature has increased community college enrollment fees from $20 to $26 per unit, effective fall 2009. Students who have adjusted to the $20 per unit cost will now have to brace themselves for the $6 increase, which will be billed to them sometime in the fall semester. Students will be responsible for the difference in fees. Copper Mountain College will notify students of additional retroactive fees due for fall 2009.The increase is due to Gov. Schwarzenegger's plan to balance the state's $26 billion deficit budget.

    At $20 per unit, California has, by far, the lowest community college fees in the country. A full-time community college student here pays $600 per year. The national average for community college fees is $2,700 a year, according to the California Postsecondary Education Commission.

    On Tuesday the California State University Board of Trustees voted 17-1 to raise undergraduate fees by $672 a year to $4,827 in the nation's largest four-year university system, which has about 450,000 students. This fee increase follows a 10 percent hike approved in May. This is part of the university's plan to close a $584 million budget shortfall caused by an unprecedented drop in state funding to the 23-campus system.

    These fee hikes come at a time when the most recent budget reports from the Community College League of California and the State Chancellor’s Office predict that CMC could see cuts as high as $1.2 million, or 8% of our operating budget. Included in the proposed cuts is $307,000 from this budget year. Having already moved into the new budget year, the only way to respond to this cut is from the college’s reserves. These proposed cuts to Copper Mountain College come at a time when the demand for classes is high. CMC’s spring semester saw a nearly 10% growth from the previous spring semester.

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