Collin College to increase tuition for 2017-18 school year

The Collin College board of trustees approved a tuition increase Feb. 28.

The Collin College board of trustees approved a tuition increase Feb. 28.

Collin College students will see increase in their tuition for the 2017-18 school year.

The Collin College board of trustees approved an increase in tuition and the student activity fee during Tuesday’s regular meeting. For in-district residents the increase will be $3 per credit hour, $4 per credit hour for out-of-district residents and $5 per credit hour for out-of-state/out-of-country residents. The student activity fee was increased by $1 for all students and will be an addition to the tuition increase.

After a review of the instructional costs across the district, Collin College Executive Vice President Brenda Kihl said an increase in tuition was recommended to offset the expected increase of those costs next year.

The revenue generated from the increase would be approximately $1,994,851, Kihl said during the meeting.

Even with the increase, Collin College will still offer the lowest tuition among community colleges in Texas, Kihl said.

“Even with this increase Collin College will still be $13 lower than the next tuition rate across the state of Texas,” Kihl said. “And our out-of-district and out-of-state/country [rate] will still be significantly lower than the state average.”

Collin College increased the tuition for the 2016-17 school year. During this school year, in-district students saw a $3 increase, and out-of-district and out-of-state/out-of-country students saw a $5 increase.

Trustee Raj Menon asked Kihl how long this increase would be sustainable for the college before asking for another increase.

She said the college will continue to review instructional costs annually and find ways to save or reduce costs so there would not be as much change to tuition.

“However, cost of instruction, our salaries, our equipment and supplies costs are continuing to go up because of the increase of cost of living," Kihl said. "We try to keep our tuition as low as possible, but increases are almost inevitable over time.”

For more information on Collin College’s tuition and fees, click here.
By Nicole Luna
Nicole Luna is the Senior Reporter for Frisco. She covers development, transportation, education, business and city government. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Spanish from The University of Texas at Arlington and has been with Community Impact Newspaper since June 2015.