Pulaski Tech to raise tuition 5.5 percent

(KATV, Source: Pulaski Tech) North Little Rock - Tuition atPulaski Technical College will increase by 5.5 percent beginning with the fall2013 semester.

The Pulaski Technical College Board of Trustees approved theincrease during a regular meeting Jan. 28 and also approved changes to somefees. The Board reviews tuition adjustments in January each year in order togive current and new students plenty of time to prepare for the fall semesterand to publicize the information.

Tuition costs will increase $5 per credit hour, from $90 to$95. Although the majority of fees will remain the same for the 2013-14academic school year, the board approved the following four fee changes:

  • A new Technology Fee of $7 per credit hour. Thefee will help maintain and expand student computer labs and facilities,academic technologies, web-based services and campus wide technology projects.
  • A new Library Fee of $10 per semester to coverthe cost of maintaining library hardware and software, student printingconsumables (toner and paper), subscription costs for journals, databases, andother enrichment resources.
  • The Special Course Fee will increase from $15 to$30 per course.
  • The fee to take the COMPASS test will increasefrom $10 to $20, and the cost to retake the test will increase from $5 to $10.However, as an incentive to get students to prepare before taking theassessment, the college will waive the test fee for first-time students whocomplete a COMPASS preparation program either online or at one of the college'ssites.

For fall, a full-time student taking 15 hours will pay about$1,781 for tuition and fees, depending on the course of study.

"It's with a heavy heart that we come to the table toconsider tuition increases each January," said Ronald Dedman, chairman of thecollege's Board of Trustees. "We know that our students struggle, and we takethat into consideration while also weighing the infrastructure needs of thecollege. We have to remain viable."

The tuition increase is expected to generate $1.2 million inadditional revenue for the college.

Pulaski Tech, with an enrollment of about 12,000, is thestate's largest two-year college and the fourth largest among all colleges inthe state. It is also the nation's 16th fastest-growing collegeamong all colleges with more than 10,000 students, according to a recent reportby Community College Week.

"With that growth, we have to look at viable sources offunding," said Dr. Margaret Ellibee, college president. "Budgets are tight, andwe have finite resources.

Unlike most of the state's two-year colleges, Pulaski Techdoes not receive any tax revenue from the communities it serves. The onlyfunding sources are from the state and tuition revenues.