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Tuition increase approved by PJC Regents

By Scott Harvey

Paris – Tuition at Paris Junior College will increase $1 per semester credit hour for the 2009-2010 year.

The PJC Board of Regents agreed upon the increase at a Monday meeting. The will be no increase, however, to the registration or general fee.

The Paris News reports that with the $1 increase, the PJC in-district tuition rate will increase to $38 per credit hour. The state average is $59. The out-of-district tuition rate will increase from $67 to $68 per credit hour.

PJC President Dr. Pam Anglin said based on what has been done across the state, as well as the state of the economy and where the college is standing legislatively, PJC needed the increase.

In a related note, Texas A&M University-Commerce had originally been scheduled this month to go before the A&M System Board of Regents regarding a proposed tuition increase. That agenda item has been postponed for the Regent's May 21-22 meeting.

A&M-Commerce officials are seeking approval on a range of increase from $2.50 per semester credit hour to $25 per semester credit hour for the 2010 academic year. The actual increase will be dependent upon legislative funding.